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Green Electricity

Learn about the different green electrical systems that are available to the consumer and if they are for you.

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Green Electricity: Save Ten With Angie's List!

Green Electricity is not a new idea. It is certainly not an idea that was a breakthrough in the new millennium either.

I was a part of some of the first energy conservation movements during the 1970's by designing about a dozen earth sheltered homes.

At the time we considered this a break-through technology because we were dealing with massive amounts of weight on roofs, developing and using waterproofing systems that actually worked and designing the means of getting natural lighting into core spaces of these predominately southern glazed structures.

Green Electricity

Green Electricity: Systems Review

What I am getting at here is this movement ignited an interest in solar technology that was fostered by these early pioneers or readers of the 'Mother Earth News".

We designed antiquated solar panels for water heating and space heating as well as thermal mass systems to capture energy and introduced a lot of natural lighting.

Green Electricity - Environmental Site Assessment:

Environmental Site Assessment: Should you install an new wind generator or a pv array? Possibly not, if you are not in an appropriate area. Usually your immediate surrounding will determine how well you systems will perform.

Also, other site related concerns can include, net metering availability, local shading from structures and tree cover, zoning and association regulation and much more.

Get armed with as much information as possible to make the right decisions. Our Environmental Site Assessment page will give you loads of ammunition to get you up and operating with a successful green energy system.

Green Electricity - Green Systems:

There are new advancements in technology all the time. Beware of the latest and greatest and stay away from the claims that seem too good to be true - they often are just that.

Here some green electricity systems you should consider:

Solar Water Heating: This is a proven technology in the use of green electricity and you will probably get your biggest bang for you buck using a solar water heating system. There are usually some very good tax incentives at the Federal and State levels of government as well.

New to Solar Water Heating? Visit our page on Solar Water Heating Basics to learn about the basic technology and get up-to-speed on this time proven green energy.

Solar Water Heating Definitions: Get through all the technical stuff first, buy understanding the lingo.

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Green Electricity: Wind Generation Systems

Wind Generation Systems: Great choice if you live in a windy area. If you live in a marginal area, count it out. There is usually a fairly high maintenance factor most people do not consider with a wind generator due to the wear and tear on the moving parts.

This is one area where there are some unrealistic claims that have been made. Go with systems that are tested and have a good track record. Many systems that have not been field tested throughly will break down with generator failures, bearing problems and other associated problems being racked by the constant pressure of the wind.

We will cover this subject in detail. See the articles on Wind Generators, which discusses the history, features of wind power and LEED for Homes reward points.

Next will will cover Wind Generator Components, Types of Wind Generator Systems and Where to Start with Wind Generation Systems.

Interested in the types of systems available and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Then you should check out our Wind Turbine Horizontal Axis and Wind Turbine Vertivcal Axis articles for lots of good, informative information.

Photovoltaic Panels

Green Electricity: Photovoltaic Panels (PV)

Photovoltaic Panels (PV): These systems are usually very expensive and quite inefficient, and you need a great sunny area to make it pay.

Technology is constantly improving with these systems and you should also consider more efficient types such as the sun trackers with more efficient panel array configurations.

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Green Electricity: Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

Energy Efficient Air-conditioning: Find out what is best and how you go about using it in your home. We will investigate several systems, including the extremely efficient small area multi-zone, multi-split systems..

Geothermal Heat Pumps: My first installation of a geothermal heat pump system for whole home heating and air conditioning application was almost 25 years ago - how is that for proven technology!

Air Source Heat Pumps: These systems have been around for a while, but there are new advancements that you should be aware of. See if this system is for you.

Radiant Floor Heating: This will be the most comfortable heating you will find. It is also very green and is easily adaptable to green energy systems tie-in such as solar water heating and PV systems. I give this system the higest marks for user friendliness, ease of installation and system cost payback.

Fuel Cells

Green Electricity: Mico-Fuel Cells

Fuel Cells: Fuel cells are an important enabling technology for the hydrogen economy and have the potential to revolutionize the way we power our nation, offering cleaner, more-efficient alternatives to the combustion of gasoline and other fossil fuels.

The government is offering great tax credits for these systems to try to kick-start this up and coming technology.

Cheap Electricity: This will be a section where we will talk about getting your electric bill down to "0" (zero). With our rising energy costs, this will be more of a concern than we have experienced in our lifetime.

First you must concentrate on being energy efficient, then employ systems to reverse your usage to that magic 'zero' number.

Smart Home Technology

Green Electricity: Smart Home Technology

Smart Home Technology: This is a term that is loosely thrown around lately. Basically what it means is the ability for you to smartly control you electrical systems to shut down when not in use or to take advantage of lower electrical rates.

The systems can range from extremely expensive to systems that are very reasonably priced. Be sure to choose a system that is flexible, easy to operate and can be supplemented with additional modules or subsystems at a later date.

Smart Meters: usually involve a different technology mix, such as real-time or near real-time sensors, power outage notification, and power quality monitoring.

These meters report electricity consumption on an hourly basis. This enables the utility company to set pricing that varies by season and time of the day, rewarding customers who shift energy use to off-peak periods

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Green Electricity: Alternative Energy and Emerging Technologies

Alternative Energy and Emerging Technologies

Alternative Energy and Emerging Technologies: There are always new and exciting systems on the horizon. Visit this section for information of these technologies and find out when is the right time to 'jump-in' or sit back and wait a bit.

If you are one who always wants the latest and greatest, and are willing to take some risk, then this area is for you. Stay tuned for some of our picks in this section!

Green Electricity - Planning

Finally, we can all practice Green Electricity techniques in the planning stages of our home design. In fact this is the best time to save energy as it has the greatest savings potential for the least about of cash outlay.

You won't want to miss this great series of articles dealing with Electricity Savings. We will discuss such items as your Site Criteria, which will deal with site ammenities you should seek in your site selection.

Also Floor Plan Orientation, on correctly orienting your home's plan to optimize the electricity saving elements to your best advantage.

Additionally, important green electricity planning decisions are discussed for Natural Daylighting, Glazing Design, Cross Ventilation, and Heating/Cooling options.

An often overlooked design criteria is the use and analysis of Energy Efficient Lighting Options, so we will delve into that subject as well.