Green Technology for your Home

August 1, 2016 | Higgins Group Real Estate

If you’re looking for ways to reduce both your home’s recurring energy costs and your carbon footprint, there are plenty of ways to turn your home into a greener, more eco-friendly home.

Green Living

Take a look at some of the top green energy technologies and solutions available today:

Solar array

When it comes to green technology, one of the best solutions for lowering electricity bills and reducing pollution are solar panels. The initial expense may be quite costly for some – around $18,000 (after tax rebates, incentives, and green energy tax credits) initially – but the savings you get after about six years will be quite significant.

Solar water heater

If installing a solar array is too much, you can enjoy the benefits of solar technology by installing a solar water heater, a more affordable alternative. Initial costs for a solar water heater can be recouped at a much faster rate compared to costs associated with solar power generation, due to the reduced expense and increased efficiency.

Wind generator

Many people associate wind generators with those large devices usually found in windmill farms. Many are not aware that there are smaller versions of these that you can use for your home.

Costs of home wind generators vary from model to model – there are assembled kits, and versions made using parts that can be bought from local hardware stores. Some kit-based wind generators can offset around 10-15% of your home energy costs, while the pricier ones (around $45,000) can offset up to 90% of your energy needs.

Rainwater harvesting system

A rain collector system is a simple, mechanical system that’s usually installed on a home’s gutter system or other rooftop-based system used to store rain water for later use. Rainwater harvesting systems can be very affordable, as long as you purchase and install the equipment yourself.

For other helpful tips on green living, take a look at this page.

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