Electric heat costs are skyrocketing, with increases of about 10% per year. The cost of wood for wood burning stoves can fluctuate each year depending on availability. Many modern families are switching to the convenience of pellet stoves, which most often use corn kernels or tiny compressed wood pellets as a source of heat energy. … Continue Reading about Pellet Stoves
Mobile Home Energy Efficiency
Welcome to our renewable energy site. This page is a division of MobileHomeRepair.com. But don't think you need to live in a mobile home to participate in this site. Finding inexpensive alternative energy is a concern everyone shares which is why we created an area somewhat separate from MobileHomeRepair.com.
Recently we've added a separate forum where all of us concerned with renewable energy can gather. As far as topic discussion, we have minimal boundaries. We'd love to hear about your experiments that other discussion boards would just as soon you didn't mention.
Doing Your Part to Help Our Environment & Save Money
Powering your home using renewable energy is becoming more cost effective as technology advances and oil prices are on the rise. The following information should help you become less dependent on the power company for your energy needs.
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable Energy is energy obtained from sources that are inexhaustible (can not be used up). Renewable energy sources include conventional hydroelectric power, wood, waste, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, and solar thermal energy.
Energy Sources that are not renewable include oil, coal, natural gas. These are not renewable because there is a finite supply in the world and once it is used up it will no longer be available. These sources of Energy are bad for the environment.
Renewable Energy Options for the Home
The most common ways to use renewable energy options in your home are:
- Day Lighting -- Using Natural light
- Geothermal Heat pumps -- for space heating and cooling as well as for water heating.
- Hydro Electric -- As a source of electricity
- Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) -- as a source of electricity.
- Solar Space Heating (passive) -- an option for space heating.
- Solar Space Heating (thermal mass heating) -- an option for space heating
- Solar water heating -- Hot water
- Wind Turbine -- as a source of electricity.
- Wood Stove or Masonry Heating -- Used for space heating and hot water.
The above renewable energy options for your home will lower lighting costs, increase comfort in your home, can supply continuous power and there can even be tax benefits.
Using a solar chimney to keep a comfortable temperature in your home can be a reliable, energy efficient alternative to using electric heat. Conversely, a solar chimney can be used to cool the home during the hot summer months as a cheap alternative to air conditioning. Solar chimneys work by using air that has been … Continue Reading about Solar Chimneys
Do not use too much detergent because this requires your machine to work harder thus expending more energy. Be sure to clean the dryer lint after every use. Lint build up means the heat will be blocked and your machine will not dry as thoroughly, thus meaning you may need to put your load through … Continue Reading about Tips A More Energy Efficient Washer & Dryer
The electric bill is most often the priciest bill of the month. Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take to lower your home energy consumption, thus lowering your electric expenses and decreasing pollution as well. During the summer months, keep window coverings tightly closed. This prevents the warm sunlight from heating your rooms, … Continue Reading about Ways to Lower Your Home Energy Costs
When you’ve been bitten with the ‘free energy’ bug, everywhere you go you look for ideas that may contribute to the obsession. I’ve definitely been bitten. I came across one of my ideas while out watering the garden. Water was running out of the hose. And as everyone knows, you can get the water to … Continue Reading about Perpetual Motion Experiment