Are you considering solar for your home? Received a call from a renewables installer? Before you say yes to either of those questions, did you already tackle your energy conservation and energy efficiency opportunities in your home? Energy conservation and energy efficiency measures should be considered before installing any type of renewable energy system, as it can impact the size and cost-effectiveness of your renewable energy system. For information about energy conservation and energy efficiency click here.
Renewable energy provides many benefits:
- Environmental – it decreases air pollution, such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur, particulate matter, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
- Economic – Renewable energy can give strong boost to our economy in form of new jobs.
- Energy security and independence – By switching to indigenous renewable energy we reduce our need for foreign oil imports and improve the resiliency of communities during energy emergencies.
Renewable energy is from resources that are not depletable, but naturally replenished, such as biomass (i.e. wood waste),
geothermal, water (hydroelectric), the sun (solar), and wind.
They can provide energy for air and water heating and cooling, electricity and transportation.
Are you interested in shopping for renewable electricity? The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission offers the PAPowerSwitch program, depending where you live, you may be able to save money by switching your electric supplier, the company that generates your electricity. Also, you have the option to switch to a green/renewable energy supplier.