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Is the Future of Heating Going to Get Greener?

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The world is changing rapidly, and so is the quality of the ecosystem. As human beings, we strive for a comfortable lifestyle, one that is often achieved through wasteful and harmful behaviors. Staying warm indoors is a common practice for most. Although there is more than one way to heat your home, have you ever considered a more energy-efficient approach? While it is possible to live comfortably and also sustainably, consider the impact that your carbon footprint is making in the world.

What is Low-Carbon Power?

By choosing to go low-carbon, you are electing to lower the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that you contribute to the atmosphere. This is important because as your carbon footprint grows, so does its implications. Greenhouse gasses directly affect the climate and contribute to global warming. By being careless with the environment, you are also directly impacting the future of its sustainability. Remember that not all resources are unlimited, and they will deplete if they are used excessively. As discussed by the release of these fossil fuels also causes many people to be diagnosed with heart disease, cancer and respiratory issues, compounding why world powers need to do more to transition away from fossil fuels.

Staying warm indoors

Solar Energy

 In the recent years, there has been a rise in popularity of solar-powered energy. It is simple to see how relying on this energy to heat your home makes sense; the sun is the most vibrant renewable resource that we have access to. Over time, the use of solar energy can help to save homeowners money.

Solar water heaters are a great option. This method involves a storage tank that is heated by the sun, and can even be compatible with wood stoves by pumping hot water into the stove to eliminate the use of wood when the sun is out. There are two types – passive and active. The former is less expensive, but also less efficient as it does not circulate automatically. It would be most suitable in cool, but not cold, climates. With the active system, pumps will circulate the water for you, making for a smart choice in climates that reach below-freezing temperatures.

Ground pumps can be considered if you have the available space and budget, as digging will be required. Just as the name suggests, this type of pump must be placed into the ground and will collect heat from the soil. Although it may not get as hot as a traditional heating boiler, it provides a stable warmth that is sourced into your home.

You’ve probably seen or heard of solar panels, another great solar energy resource. They have been rising in popularity amongst homeowners in the last few years. Although they are seen as an investment, they are known for being able to provide savings over time.

Also, check out our list of 5 Cool Solar Inventions for Outdoors

Wind Power

 If you have ever taken a road trip, it is likely that you have seen wind turbine farms. These windmills do more than just blowing around on a breezy day; they actually create electricity in an efficient way. Kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy. As the wind blows the device, a generator is powered. Several European countries such as Denmark and France rely on some form of wind energy to power their electric grids, making them amongst the top-rated energy efficient countries. In fact, wind power is also thought to be one of the most space-efficient forms of sustainable power, with the largest designs being able to generate enough power to 600 U.S. homes.

An air source heat pump, or ASHP, is another form of wind energy. This involves a refrigerant system that contains a compressor and condenser. The heat is essentially absorbed from the outside and then distributed inside a home. They are often known as “reverse air conditioners.” This is a great option because no fuel is required to power it, and it is very low maintenance. They can last for up to 20 years!

Hydro (Water)

This is the largest renewable source for generating electricity; we are surrounded by oceans. The hydro method is carefully calculated based on the water cycle. Sunshine and precipitation are taken into consideration to determine how much water can be used to create hydro-powered electricity. Reservoirs and dams aid in the creation of this energy.

Tidal power creates energy by utilizing the natural ocean tides. It works by collecting water into tide mills that is then circulated through waterwheels to create power. It is not widely used yet, but there is great potential for the future of renewable energy. This is a reliable resource, but it requires the space and funding, which is why it is currently not the most popular option when it comes to hydropower.

It is common that households may contain a water boiler. This is a different form of hydropower that distributes heat through water stored in the tank. They can be either electric or gas, and efficiency is taken into consideration because the device needs time to heat the water before it becomes readily available through your hot water tap. Different boiler systems have different turnover rates. The average lifespan of a water boiler is 8-12 years, with regular maintenance recommended. You can call a specialist annually to inspect your heater and make sure that things are in working order.


The form of burning wood to create energy, this is biomass. Plant-based materials may also be used. Although carbon emissions are still created, biomass is far less harmful than traditional coal-burning methods of generating power. It is classified as a renewable source of energy in the EU and UN.

A wood stove is a great way to keep your house warm. They are small and also versatile; some even offer the option to cook on top of the surface. Because they do not run on any gas or fuel, it is essential that you have space for a vent pipe and an adequate supply of wood to burn. Even during times when there is no electricity, a wood burning stove is going to be reliable and effective. As discussed by, there are a number of concerns regarding the use of stoves, largely due to their emissions, yet the Environmental Protection Agency continues to make great strides in driving their improvement. For instance, they are continuing to ensure that future models comply with new rules that ensure they release less particulate matter and carbon.

Will We Make the Switch?

With plenty of options readily available, it is possible for change to be made on the eco-friendly path to heating your home. Awareness is the main way to shed light on the situation. By creating more of it, people will realize the direct impact that their choices make. There are plenty of ways that you can live greener that is readily available if the proper research is done beforehand.

About the Author: This article is contributed by Carl Metcalfe. Carl is an environmental activist who has studied sustainability and works to drive it forward in the media and public policy.



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