Many people in the world complain about the rising costs of electricity. Electricity bill can eat a chunk out of your monthly paycheck.  No matter how much electric companies jack up the price of electricity, we accept it as part of how the world works. After all, there are no other ways to get electricity, right?

Wrong!  The truth is there are ways we can make electricity right in our own home without depending on electric companies.  Here is the catch though, they need to be installed, which can cost a huge initial payment. However, once you recovered the installment payments through the savings you make, your electricity could be free forever.

Solar power panels

Installing a solar power system for your home is a great way to become less dependent on electric companies. Solar panels are usually placed covering the roof, then they are connected to a battery and a charge regulator. During the day, you can pretty much depend on solar power for almost every electricity needs. During the night, you will be using the power saved in the battery.

If you want to ensure that your roof is strong enough to support the solar panels, you can ask a renovation company to assess your roof strength for you. In fact, it is a good idea to have your roof repaired or upgraded before installing the solar panels.

Solar water heating

Another roof installation, solar water heating  will not power up your TV or your computer but will save you tons of money from your water heating usage.  The solar water heater is a reservoir attached on the roof. The water inside is heated by the sun and pumped into your radiators for free heating.  The heated water can also be pumped into  facets and showers for a nice warm bath.

The truth is, when it comes to heating water, the solar water heater is almost 100 percent during sunny days. There is no need to convert sunlight to electricity, which is then used to heat water like some people do using solar panels.  All you need to do is install the  water heater on your roof and let the solar water heater do its work. There are several ways solar water heater does its job and you can find more information about it online.

The cumulative effect of solar water heater is that you use it for your hot water needs 80 to 90 percent in a year.  In winter,  the amount of water that can be heated will be reduced to around 20 percent. That is why it is important that you keep your normal water heater too, just to use them when necessary. To ensure that everything works well, you might want to coordinate with a renovation company to ensure that the solar heated water is efficiently transferred to your home.

Solar cooling

Solar water heating can also be used to add one more solar solution for the home—solar cooling.  It uses some of the hot water from the solar water heater to generate cool air  through heat exchange. This system costs much lesser than electrically-powered  air-conditioning.

Solar lighting systems

If you just want to try out solar energy, you can just try solar lighting systems. They usually consist of a small solar panel, a battery pack that has connections for bulbs and other lighting paraphernalia. All you have to do is attach the battery pack to the solar charger and place the solar charger under the sun until the sun goes down. Then, instead of turning on your lights, get your battery pack and attach your bulbs to have your light.

It is a good idea to have a dedicated place for solar panels that is always under the sun from 7 to 5.  You can have a renovation company add one for you though.

Wind turbines

Wind turbines is a dilemma, some people like them while others are absolutely annoyed by them. They produce good electricity if the wind is good and consistent, but they can be noisy. If you live in a farm and neighbors are not a problem, then you can have a few of these in your land.  Just contact a renovation company to sound-proof your home.

These are some of the best ways to save electricity  by using alternative energy sources, some of them like solar panel systems will cost money, but will have a good return of investment.  Just make sure your home is ready to accommodate these new technology by renovating your home first.

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