Electricity is important to us. Without electricity, we would practically not be able to live our lives the way we do right now: no television, no computer, no air-conditioning, etc. While we regard electricity to be among the basic commodities in our modern way of life, its ever-increasing price is surely something that we do not like. This is why more and more homeowners are now considering generating their free power at home. The amount of generated power can help lessen the monthly energy bills, which is good for the household budget.
There are various ways by which free energy for the home can be generated.
Solar Energy Generation
We have known from Science that the sun, just like all other stars in the universe, has its own life span; but it would be so many years from now before it will actually be completely gone. Right now, we can still make use of the free resources offered to us by our very own sun. One of the benefits it offers is power or energy. Before, only those who live in very remote areas, where electricity towers and cables cannot reach, are utilizing solar power systems. Nowadays, however, even homes in the city are also putting up their own systems for generating and harvesting solar energy. These systems are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells. It is important for the cells to be positioned strategically so that it can gather the highest amount of solar energy whenever the sun is up. If you live in an area where the sun is almost always up (such as in tropical countries), having your own solar power system at home can be very beneficial.
Solar energy is a green type of energy because it lessens the amount of fossil fuels required to be burned just to supply electricity to your home.
Wind Energy Generation
Another renewable and free energy you can make use of is the wind. Like solar energy, wind energy is also eco-friendly: it requires no fossil fuels and also does not emit harmful greenhouse gases. The wind power system makes use of turbines that can be put up using a pole or attached to a sturdy structure. Homes located in areas where the wind blows adequately are utilizing wind energy generating systems. Some of these homes are still connected to the main grid. If the wind is not blowing, the home will still have power to use; when the wind is blowing, the excess amount of generated energy can be sold to the power company. With a typical wind system for residential use, about 1.2 tons air pollutants can be offset.
Micro CHP Energy Generation
CHP stands for 'combined heat and power'. This system can generate power from one fuel source. The term micro is used because the system has been economized so that it can be used in residential level of power generation. Before, this system was used only in the larger scale of industrial utilities and businesses. In micro CHP, one fuel source lime natural gas is used to electricity generation. The process of generation produces heat; this heat is then used for warming the home (sometimes for heating water too). The efficiency of fuel conversion so that energy may be used more effectively can be up to 90%.