Heating is extremely important for any household, but can be a huge part of your monthly bills. The average homeowner believes that homes can only be heated through either gas or electricity. However, due to continual research regarding sustainable, green energy; there are a multitude of green ways to heat your home. Not only can “green heating” help in saving annual heating costs, but it can also help reduce pollution in the long term. The following are green alternatives to typical heating methods and ways to improve heat retention of already existing aspects of your home.
Older windows, especially ones not fitted properly, result in a lot of excess heat loss, leading to greater heating bills in an attempt to make up for the loss heat. However, installing newer, double-paned windows makes it harder for heat to be lost; many of these double-panned windows are filled with krypton or argon to help keep heat from dissipating through the glass.
Wood Pellet Stoves/Heating
Wood pellet stoves are highly eco-friendly as they typically use renewable materials such as grass and products like sawdust or woodchips. According to the EPA, any emissions that are released are normally negligible; every wood pellet stove under their certification should only release below 4.5 grams of emissions per hour. A single wood pellet stove can also heat up 1500 square with little to no problems. For these heaters to operate, however, they must have an electric source; having an independent energy source for the stove can be useful. Unlike conventional fireplaces, wood pellets have been approved as being the most environmentally friendly.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
These systems take advantage of the fact that the earth is normally warmer than the air that is above ground. Therefore, many coils are buried underground, and the heat stored in the earth is brought to your home through water flow. A separate compressor then uses the energy that is brought through the water and heats your warm according to the temperature set on your thermometer. The great thing about this system is that no emissions are released as a result of this process, and no electricity is needed to power the system.
Though the initial installation can run as high as $20,000, a homeowner’s annual utility bills can be reduced up to 40%, a great investment in the long term.
Solar Heating Systems
These systems utilize solar energy to heat water (or air), which the system then transports throughout your home to keep it nice and warm. If you do not need immediate heat, these systems also store the energy in water that can be released later when needed. Works in a similar fashion as Geothermal heating, but instead uses sunlight to operate the system.
Installing some of these systems can be a bit costly than traditional methods; however, researchers agree that green energy can save a lot of money on your monthly utility bills. At the same time, your carbon footprint is also decreased, benefitting both your wallet and the planet.