Although, few focus on energy, and / or energy – usage, when hunting for their houses, since, for, most people, their home represents their single, biggest, financial asset, the better one understands, all relevant matters, the better the results. There are many different options, in most areas, for how we will create heat, and electricity, and this article, will attempt to briefly, identify, review, and discuss, 5 different alternatives, and some of the positives, and negatives, of every option, and / or choice. Factors to consider, often include costs, environmental, effectiveness / efficiency, etc. and availability in a specific geographic region, as well as the heating and cooling needs, dependent upon geographic and temperature considerations.
1. Oil heat: Living in the Northeast, many homes are heated by oil. Oil heat varies by changing costs, some predictable, while often, not so! This is often addressed, when a homeowner commits to one particular oil delivery company, and, in exchange for purchase to automatic deliveries, is guaranteed, a capped price , which protects him against too dramatic a cost. However, obviously, when there are colder winter seasons, more oil, is used, and therefore, costs rise. Some agree to a Balanced Billing Plan , where they pay a predictable, consistent, monthly installment. This form of heating is reliable, but requires maintaining the burner and boiler, and the wise homeowner, has a Maintenance Contract, to ensure service, if there are any emergencies. Older heating systems were often somewhat noisy, but the newer ones, are far quieter, and, generally, more efficient!
2. Gas heat and cooking: When one heats his home, with gas, the concerns of timely delivery are eliminated. At times, this is a less expensive form of heating, while at other times, it's not! Gas is not available everywhere, and, when it is, can also be used for water heating (Hot Water Tank), cooking, and clothes dryers, but, when it's not available, many use propane, for the other purposes, as well as , for heat!
3. Geo – thermal: In the last few decades, another alternative has been been discovered, known as geo – thermal. This form is created, stored, and produced, in the earth, taking advantage of the thermal characteristics, in the earth. It uses a heat – pump, to generate energy, etc.
4. Solar: There are many types of solar systems, but, often, the biggest necessity, is the location of the property, the amount of average daily sunshine, and whether, there are predominantly southern – facing, relatively unobstructed opportunities. Recently, for example, Elan Musk's company, quickly assisted hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, by putting solar roofs, on, particularly, schools and hospitals. In some areas, when one produces more energy than he uses, he is permitted to sell – back the excess, to the utility company.
5. Other forms, and combinations: Some homeowners opt for wood – burning systems, and while, relatively, inexpensive, generally require more effort, to maintain, the source. In other circumstances, people decide to use a split system, using one energy source, for a specific purpose, and another / others, for other purposes. For example, in my home, we heat, with oil, but our Hot Water Tank, is heated by gas, as are our cooking fuel, and clothes dryers. This way, while our water and washing needs, are year – around necessities, we don't need to use our oil system, when temperatures are higher, during a significant period of the year.
There is no, single best – way, to address the energy needs, for your home. Each homeowner should consider many factors, including, personal preference, convenience, and needs, and make the best decision, for them!