Top Seven Ways Renewable Energy Systems can Power and Heat Your Home

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 by: Brian Swift
Tags: renewable energy, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises

(NaturalNews) The use of alternative, renewable energy is becoming increasingly important given rising energy costs and need to slow the effects of climate change on our earth. These solutions may seem far off from everyday use by homeowners but the truth is that they are in our reach now. There are many options that require a very reasonable financial investment. Further savings can be achieved by taking advantage of state tax, federal tax, and utility incentives and rebates. Below are the top 7 ways that home owners can power and heat their homes through renewable energy systems.

1. Solar Panels - Are usually installed on the roof of a home or in a large backyard area. Costs range from $10,000 to $20,000. Solar Panels are eligible for most state, federal, and utility tax credits and incentives and can help to reduce the total cost up to 50%. This is a good option because of the flexibility involved. Buyers have the option of storing electricity produced in batteries or selling it back to the Utility Company. While still connected to the grid your home always has a backup for days of high energy use and vise versa for when the power from the electric company is cut such as in heavy winter storms or rolling blackouts. Most come with at least a 10 year warranty since it can sometimes take that long to recoup your initial investment from utility bill savings.

2. Wind Turbines - Can reduce your bills by 15% or more. Smaller Wind Turbines cost from $1,000 to $5,000 and are usually eligible for most state, federal, and utility tax credits and incentives. It is important to determine if your home is a good fit based on wind conditions, location, and the flexibility of your Home Owners Association.

3. Solar Hot Water System - These systems provide radiant heat into your house. The typical system costs between $7,000 and $15,000 and saves about 60% a year on hot water heating costs. Up to 50% of the total cost can be reduced by state, federal, and utility tax credits and incentives. Pools, spas, heating for the home, and hot water heaters can be fueled with solar energy in this way.

4. Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems - These types of systems work with a liquid tube that draws heat or cooling from four hundred feet underground and pumps that heat or cooling back into the house to maintain the temperature. Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems reduce heating and cooling costs by about 50% and typically cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems are usually eligible for most state, federal, and utility tax credits and incentives.

5. Hydrogen Gas Fuel Cells - Hydrogen Gas can be extracted from the natural gas that comes into your home through a gas line. This hydrogen can then be used to power hydrogen fuel cells and create electricity, oxygen, and water. It is an added bonus that Oxygen, Water, and Heat are produced from this method of making electricity. The heat can be used for your home along with the electricity. Your home is required to have a natural gas line. Hydrogen Gas Fuel Cell Systems typically start at $20,000 and are usually eligible for most state, federal, and utility tax credits and incentives.

6. Micro Hydro Energy Systems - Micro Hydro Energy uses an impulse or reaction turbine generator and a steady supply of water to generate electricity. This is really only an option from those who live by streams, rivers, or in areas of steady rainfall where water can be funneled consistently. Otherwise it makes a great backup to the electric grid if the water utility will continue to supply water and you build a piping system. Costs range from $1,000 to $15,000. You will need to find out if your installation is eligible for state, federal, and utility tax credits and incentives.

7. Biomass Combustion Boilers - Waste wood and other biomass can be used to create steam and create electricity with a spinning turbine and generator. The biomass you choose determines the emissions produced. Converting biomass into a gas before combustion allows for cleaner burning and lower emissions. This can be achieved by decaying biomass into methane. This method is often used by farmers and those keeping livestock.


About the author

Brian Swiftly is an experienced writer and blogger with a great joy for the internet and technology. He is a father and husband with a love of sports, living an active lifestyle, independent green living, and more

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.