As winter rages on, the dreaded heating bill seems to soar higher and higher every month. But you can escape the fossil fuel cycle with low-cost, green heating. Eco-friendly heating systems are a great way to do your part in saving the environment, and saving yourself a chunk of change along the way.
1. On Demand Water Heaters
These water heaters only heat water when it is needed, therefore saving you money by avoiding the standby energy water tanks use. As a bonus, many home insurance companies will offer you a discount if you upgrade your heating system. Whether you live in a cold or warm climate, replacing your old, potentially dangerous heating system with an upgraded one can benefit you and your insurance company. From Seattle to Hamilton, insurance brokers will be happy to hear about your efforts to make your home a safer and greener place.
2. Snowmelt Heating
Snow and ice melting systems are becoming more common for individual homeowners and commercial real estate. Driveways, sidewalks, patios and parking lots can be free of snow and ice. A central heating boiler and pump circulates hot glycol (antifreeze) through a network of thermoplastic piping embedded in the concrete. When the falling snow hits the sensor embedded in the pavement, it immediately melts and is drained away from the driveway. It can also be regulated manually giving you control over energy consumption.
A snowmelt system is costly, so is it worth it? Consider the costs of everything from back surgery to slip-and-fall injuries resulting in time off work or even costly lawsuits, the answer is yes.
3. Geothermal Heating
Instead of gauging the outside air as a base from which to heat your home, geothermal systems use the earth’s temperature as a base. Since the earth is a stable and warmer temperature than the air, it uses a lot less energy to raise the temperature in your home to a comfortable 68-70 degrees.
These systems bury coils in the earth under your home or in your yard; by running liquid through the coils into your home and extracting heat from that water, your home heats much more efficiently.
4. Solar Heating
According to TheGreenestDollar.com, solar heating is the most energy efficient way to heat a house. One solar system heats liquid in a collector, and another system heats the air using the sun. Once the sun goes down, storage systems will kick in to heat your home until the sun rises again.
These systems do not completely replace other heating systems, but will provide over half of the energy your home needs. The solar panels are costly, and can take a homeowner years to pay back, but will provide you with 100% free and eco-friendly energy for life, and will increase the value of your home exponentially.
5. Replace Fossil Fuels with Biofuels
Biofuels are made from recently dead material, instead of long dead material, like what fossil fuels use. Biofuel companies use renewable energy like soybean oil, which will the emissions from your home. Unfortunately the cost of using these fuels instead of the usual fossil fuels does not differ enough to really save the user money, but the clean-burning fuel is produced locally and keeps our planet healthy.
Whether you are looking to save money, the planet, or both, these green solutions to home heating systems are a great way to upgrade your home, lower bills, potentially reduce insurance costs, and feel good about doing your part in saving our earth. There is never a better time to make a change than the present.
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Barbara Johnson works in real estate and enjoys finding her clients the perfect homes. In addition, she shares her home improvement and gardening tips with others through blogging. For more information on home insurance, visit Cowan Group.