Renewable Energy Solutions for the Home
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A direct way of using renewable energy is to install renewable energy generating equipment like solar panels or small wind turbines. These systems can be cost-effective, particularly in rural areas where the only alternative is extending long electric distribution lines to serve the house or another small load. Many Texas ranchers use solar panels to pump water in a cost-effective manner. Others choose to augment their existing utility power with solar panels; in this arrangement, they reduce their electric bill by generating a portion of their own power needs. Solar water heaters are another great technology that is vastly underused in Texas. While these devices don’t generate electricity, they do reduce the need for electricity or gas for your water heater. Solar water heaters can provide 50-80% of the hot water needs for typical homes and businesses.