Can Families Really Save Both Money and Energy

Green energy technologies have brought many improvements and opened up numerous possibilities, enabling small businesses and households to generate their own power and even make profit, all the while preserving the environment. But just like all other technologies, they too have their drawbacks.

Green energy technologies rely on generating electricity using renewable resources, such as solar, hydroelectric or the power of wind. Today, most people opt for solar panels, due to their simplicity and affordability. Combined with government grants for solar power production, they can turn out to be a great investment. However, they can be useless in areas with colder climates. This is where hydro and wind power come in. By installing a couple of smaller wind turbines, combined with a mini-hydroelectric power plant, a countryside household could generate as much as 5 kWh, surpassing the average solar panel system.

It should be noted, however, that switching to green energy technologies is not just about finding alternative ways to generate electricity, but also to use it as wisely as possible. A power source is useless if all that electricity and head gets wasted. So in order to make a truly energy-efficient home, one must make sure that no energy or heat is wasted. The first step is to replace regular windows with reliable double glazing, which do not let heat escape outside, thus reducing the amount of power consumption required for maintaining indoor temperature. Although a bit more expensive than regular ones, these start to pay off after a couple of years. Furthermore, if you’re lucky enough to live in a region where the government promotes the use of double glazing technologies, you can save a lot of money by applying for a grant and receiving a discount.

Double glazing windows ensures that no energy or heat is wasted

Those who already switched to green energy technologies will tell you that switching to green energy technologies is not just a financial challenge, but a psychological one as well. For instance, a lot of people install solar appliances such as and try setting up their own gardens only to find out that their effort was a complete waste. So before implementing any big changes, one should make a plan and work his way through, step by step. Switching to alternative outdoor lighting, solar heaters, solar dryers with double glazed panels, appliances and ventilation are usually fairly affordable, yet simple steps which, combined, can make a huge difference.

It should also be noted that as time goes on and science pushes onward, new solutions that once seemed out of reach will eventually become affordable and practical. With the market booming and opportunities arising everywhere, it is only a matter of time before green energy technologies become a standard in modern living. After all, the sooner you prepare yourself for such a transition, the better. Remember, it’s not just about saving your budget, but saving Mother nature as well, and establishing a better and healthier world for future generations.

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Salman Zafar is the Founder of Cleantech Solutions, and an international consultant, advisor and trainer with expertise in waste management, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, environment protection and resource conservation. His geographical areas of focus include Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biogas technology, biomass energy, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. Salman has participated in numerous national and international conferences all over the world. He is a prolific environmental journalist, and has authored more than 300 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. In addition, he is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability through his blogs and portals. Salman can be reached at salman@bioenergyconsult.com or salman@cleantechloops.com.

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