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Clean and Green: How to Heat your Home and Remain Energy Efficient

A number of heating sources are available today, many of which are energy efficient.

The beginning of winter marks the start of the seemingly eternal struggle to stay warm without spending a fortune in energy bills. Unfortunately, many people fight the battle without success. However, there are alternative heating sources that are not only energy-efficient but also environmentally safe. At the top of that list is hot air collectors, heat pumps and propane. Understanding the facts will help homeowners chose the heat source alternative that will best fit their personal needs.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump may not seem a viable option in the search for an energy-efficient heat source. However, by extracting atmospheric heat, air-source heat pumps produce as much as three BTUs of heat for every one BTU of electricity used. A ground-source heat pump, on the other hand, uses ground heat and produces four BTUs of heat for every one BTU of electricity. Simply put, heat pumps are one of the most energy efficient and environmentally safe heating options available today.

Natural Gas

Many people are unsure about using propane as an energy source, believing this alternative is less energy-efficient and more likely to cause pollution. Quite the contrary, propane uses less energy to heat one’s home. The reason behind this is propane burns hotter, spreading heat throughout the house without wasting energy. More to the point, it does so with less carbon dioxide emissions than other gases, without leaving a residue and with a small carbon footprint. Speaking to representatives from companies such as Wade Sales & Service will put to rest any concerns homeowners may have about using propane as a heating source.

Solar Energy

Solar energy has certainly seen its highs and lows in public popularity, but as the technology improves the alternative energy source is making a comeback. There’s good reason behind that as solar hot air collectors provide an environmentally safe, energy-efficient heat source. By collecting heat from low-angled sun shine, a single hot air collector heats a 500 foot area, making solar energy a rather efficient alternative heat source to fight off the winter chill.

A number of heating sources are available today, many of which are energy efficient. Propane, a heat pump and hot air collectors are perhaps the best alternatives, all providing a heat source without draining energy from one’s bank account. More to the point, they are environmentally safe options that ensure home owners can remain comfortably warm while reducing their carbon footprint.

Lizzie Weakley, the author of this article, is a freelance writer.

 

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