Why Renewable Energy Is a Good Option for You This Winter

The energy industry has been transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and it’s high time you strongly considered following suit. The fossil fuels that we’ve been heavily relying on to heat our homes and generate electricity are the main culprits behind the historically high greenhouse gas levels.

Average temperatures are rising because greenhouse gases trap heat that would’ve escaped into space. What’s more, the rates at which fossil fuels are being exploited may lead to their depletion in the not-so-distant future.

Renewable energy is obtained from natural sources that are constantly replenished. They provide energy without creating the planet-warming effects that fossil fuels usually produce. So what are some of the renewable energy sources that can be beneficial to you this winter? Read on to learn more.

Solar

More solar radiation hits the Earth’s surface in just one hour than the total amount of energy that all humans consume in a year. Solar panels generate electricity from this sunlight. You can use the electricity directly or send it to the grid.

When solar panels generate part of your electricity needs, you can avoid purchasing some utility-provided power in a net-metering system. When the solar output is higher than your home’s immediate needs, you can sell back the excess output to the utility. That means you can gain a credit on your electric bill.

In climates with mild winters like ours, you can use solar thermal energy to heat your home and save on heating costs.

Geothermal

Geothermal energy is derived from the internal heat of the Earth. With a geothermal heat pump, you can tap into the planet’s natural heat to warm your home in the winter and save money. It doesn’t generate heat as traditional heating systems do.

Geothermal energy is available throughout the year. In the summer, the heat pump reverses how it works, cooling your home by transferring heat out of your home and into the ground.

By using renewable energy this winter, you’ll enjoy multiple benefits, such as lower energy bills and cleaner air. What’s more, by reducing your dependence on fossil fuels, you’ll be significantly helping the society and the planet at large. If you need more helpful advice on renewable energy sources for your Martin County, Indian River County, or Palm Beach County home, please contact the heating and cooling experts at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

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