Saving On Electricity Bill Through Alternative Energy Systems

Sep 9, 2017   //   by admin   //   Knowledge Base  //  No Comments

This paper details the reader about the different types of alternative energy system and how this is essential in many ways to the human race to keep the economic consideration to prime importance.
Before we proceed with the need of alternative energy system, it is required to understand as to why is it essential and causes for alternative energy system to be the need of the hour.

Electricity has largely been produced through heat engines, fossil fuels, coal combustion and largely from nuclear fusion. The result of mass production from these sources was rather drastic.

The major proportion of electricity earlier was dependent upon the engines using the fossil fuels, diesel, burning biogas or other natural gas- propane, uranium. These sources of energy are non-renewable and releases harmful gaseous elements making it harmful environmentally. But other than the environmental impacts, it has been observed over the years to have a chain reaction on the economy as well, thereby increasing budget burden on individual pockets as well.
Therefore, need was felt on to shifting to alternative power sources.

Alternative Power System: The underlining benefit of alternative energy is the fact that it is renewable sources. There are broad range of sources from nuclear energy, hydroelectric energy, geothermal energy, wind,and solar energy. There are few other options falling in alternative energy sources such hydrogen-power, fuel cell technology that are slowly picking pace.

Through many different research studies it has been understood where the expenditure is consistent and maximum. Energy utilised is largely on heating, cooling,cleaning, cooking. This includes water heating, washing machines, tumble dryers, dish-washing, lighting and refrigerators.

Let us discuss few of the above alternative power systems in brief and acquaint the readers about different options available to their needs. While later we discuss few changes needed to be adapted by one to improve upon individual cost saving.

Solar: the energy from the Sun can be used for the purpose of heating, cooling through use of different devices such as solar water heaters, photovoltaic solar panels, solar water pools etc. These are especially to absorb the rays of the sun and convert it to electricity or heat energy. This is highly utilized source in area/duration of abundant sun rays.

Wind: this is another source of energy generated that can be utilized extremely well where there is flow of wind, free from all obstruction. It has been used before as well for different purpose but its importance is felt in generation of electricity. The main tool to harness this energy is through the “wind mill”. With the pressure of the wind hitting against the mill’s blades, it helps to convert that into energy that can be used, stored and distributed.

Water: this is also referred as hydro-power. The electricity generated through the kinetic power of water. Example, its connection with solar energy could be one way to use it, however running water itself can produce electricity. The flow of the water from higher region or water from a depth can be source of energy used through turbines converts, stores and distributes power over long distances.

Though the above two mechanisms are used where there is abundance of supply and hence solar energy can be largely be utilized world wide. However, alternative power saving systems not only comes from diverting into another system but equal importance has been found in adaptation to making small changes at domestic level. Following are few important changes:

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CFLs: these are good substitutes for bulbs, replacing the inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy saving CFLs ie Compact Fluorescent Bulbs is ultimate cost saving tool.
Electrical items such as TV, Audio systems should be switched off when not in use. Idle operations leads to loss of more energy. Put the devices on sleep mode, saving a lot of electricity and hence cost cutting as well.

Refrigerator: frost built can increase the amount of energy needed to keep the motor running and hence regular de-frost is needed. The food should be wrapped or cover should be lid thereby avoiding moisture released which harmfully affects the compressor.

Fans: for ceiling fans, it is suggested to replace the conventional regulators with electronic regulators. Use of exhaust fans is an option which reduces budget. Use passive and active ways of conserving energy like using sunlight during day, use of light coloured shades for heat to be absorbed and ventilation so as to provide coolness as well.

Making small active and passive changes in one’s household could help not only one save electricity bill but also bring economy changes at macro level.

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