Solar Thermal Hot Water and Space Heating will cut your heating costs and your carbon dioxide emissions in half. It is a system which uses the sun to heat or preheat your water. It is designed for use with an electric or gas back up and is one of the highest energy efficient systems available. It lasts for 20 years, with a full return on your investment in 8-10 years. Environmentally friendly innovations like this one, allow you to be comfortable in your home without taxing resources or costing you a fortune. Other green innovations have made many options available for responsible heating and cooling systems that are more efficient.
Geothermal systems use the consistent temperature of the ground to heat and cool your home or business. A looping system of pipes run through the ground and up into your home to heat it and to cool it. Loops can be horizontal if there is a lot of room in the yard, or vertical for use in less space. Radiant heating panels are an energy efficient alternative to base board or grate heating. They can be mounted on the wall or hung from the ceiling. Ductless heat pumps are also energy efficient and easy to have installed. Traditional boilers, furnaces, and water heaters are also much more efficient now than earlier models. If your systems are more than ten years old, you can save significantly with a more efficient replacement.
Other ways to cut energy costs and increase efficiency include adding monitors and controls to your systems. Monitoring thermostats allow you to pre-program the temperature based on your activities. For example, you can program the thermostat to lower the temperature during the day if no one is home or at night when you are asleep. Boiler controls let you adjust the heating of water to times when you and your family need it most. Zoning systems in your home allow you to raise the temperature in specific zones and keep the temperature lower in other areas of the house. These innovations can save you money all year around. Make sure you have any new system or modification installed by a company experienced with these products.