Content tagged "alternative energy systems for homes"

Passive Solar Heating for Homes

Home Energy Updated: January 24, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 11/19/2013A passive solar heating system uses "building components to collect, store, and distribute solar heat gains to reduce the...

Passive Solar Energy for Homes: Daylighting

Home Energy Updated: January 24, 2014

Reviewed and revised on 11/15/2013Natural light can contribute to energy savings inside the home by reducing the need for artificial lighting powered by...

Passive Solar Design for Homes

Home Energy Updated: January 24, 2014

Passive solar design uses the sun’s energy to heat a home in the cold days of the winter, and wind (breezes) to cool a home in the warm days of the summer....

Passive Solar Cooling for Homes

Home Energy Updated: January 24, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 11/19/2013Passive solar cooling of homes involves combination of several different techniques to help lower cooling costs of the home...

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Home Energy Updated: January 21, 2014

A heat pump can be an efficient alternative to the standard home heating system. Moreover, during the cooling season, its function can be reversed as it acts...

Wind Turbine Energy Systems for Homes

Home Energy Updated: July 14, 2010

A home wind system uses the available wind and breezes around a residence to rotate a small turbine that converts wind into electricity. These systems are...

Photovoltaic Energy Systems for Homes

Home Energy Updated: April 20, 2010

A home photovoltaic (PV) system uses the available sun shining on a residence (usually the roof area) to convert sunlight into electricity through the use of...

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