How Does Renewable Energy Work in the Winter?

December 29, 2020

In winter, your heating bill is likely to go sky high. Not only is this hard on your wallet, it's hard on the environment. How can you lower your energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint this winter? Here are some renewable energy options to consider.

Solar Power

The sun is our best source of renewable energy. Installing solar panels can help you reduce your energy bills significantly. Not only do they generate electricity during the day, they can also power batteries that store that electricity for after the sun goes down.

When it comes to your HVAC system, another form of renewable energy you can use is solar heating. Rather than generating electricity, the sun's energy is instead used to heat solar collectors filled with fluid. The fluid absorbs the heat, which is then used to heat your home's air. It can also be used to supplement your water heater.

Geothermal Heating

The sun isn't the only source of renewable energy. You can also get it from the ground. A geothermal heat pump is a great way to save energy while keeping your home comfortable.

No matter how hot or cold the weather gets, the temperature about 10 feet below ground remains a near-constant 54 degrees. By burying a loop of pipes underground, you can harness that energy. Fluid is circulated through the pipes, absorbing the heat. That fluid is then used to heat the air in your home. A traditional heating system still has to heat it the rest of the way, but it's still significantly more efficient than heating cold air.

Geothermal energy can also be used the same way to cool your home in the summer. Much like solar panels, the system can be expensive to purchase and install, but there are tax credits, both federal and local, to help offset that cost. Plus, the money you save by switching to renewable energy, and the impact on the environment, make it a worthwhile investment.

For more tips on renewable energy in your home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. Monmouth County trusts us for quality home-comfort solutions.