Building Green Homes – What’s Involved?

In setting upon the task of building green homes, there are a few different technologies to utilize. You could employ solar power, whether in an active or passive sense, or you could use wind generated power, power generated by water, and then of course there is also geothermal power. There are many environmentally provided means of renewable energy extraction to power an average home, but one of the main questions that arises in the mind of anyone building green homes is this; which is the most efficient to use? Well, let’s take a look at the answer…

The answer to which of the green technologies available today is the most efficient for building green homes is a bit of a no-brainer, and in fact, it was a bit of a trick question in the first place. The obvious answer is all of them. That is to say, the best built green-powered homes today utilize a few or all of the available ways to extract energy and generate power from the environment to power a home. However, some may prefer some systems over others, depending upon the task performed. For instance, instead of using solar, geothermal energy may be preferred for things like heat and hot water, while for generating electricity, solar power may be the best and most efficient system to use.

Even still, some systems may be used in tandem, as one may help the other where each system’s performable tasks tend to overlap – for instance, passive solar/geothermal for heating and air-conditioning, or wind and solar for electricity generation. Setting up “teams” like this can create a sort of “beneficial redundancy” of sorts. After all, the whole of all of the energy one can grab from the environment in these 3ways is totally free and constantly renewable, so why not get all your bases covered and grab what you can, right? Complete efficiency is what is aimed for when building green homes, and having a few systems at a home’s disposal will ensure a proper constant flow of energy as needed.

But let’s not forget other types of eco-friendly living… conserving the energy we have at hand energy is also something to keep in the habit of doing. Building green homes isn’t enough after all, if we continue to be wasteful with our energy consumption habits. “Latent energy consumption” is one thing, for example, that can account for up to 75% of most average homes’ utility bills. Appliances that use remote controls (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, etc.), digital displays (microwave ovens, coffee makers, etc.), LED indicators (battery and cell phone chargers, etc.) and such all continue to draw electricity while not in use, simply by being plugged into the wall. Have all of these things plugged into power strips so that you can simply flip the switch on these to shut off all power use, and you’ll save yourself a ton of utility expenses.