Generate Your Own Energy
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Generating your own energy is not an unapproachable dream anymore. Today, generating alternative energy is synonymous with the increasing environmental concerns and concerns pretty much everyone who wants to cut on spending on energy bills, but also those who want to go green.
The standard for the home of the future, according to the renowned engineer Hannes Guddat, is a “passive house” as it is called, whose needs for heating, cooling and electricity are covered by renewable energy. Thanks to the sun, a house can be completely autonomous when it comes to energy from oil, gas or other external sources. The house not only produces its own electricity covering its needs, but can also channel the surplus into the public grid. One of the most popular and efficient solutions for residential buildings are heat pumps.
Heat pumps are machines that mainly transport thermal energy from one location at a lower temperature to a space with higher temperature. They are based on the theory of cooling a liquid when it evaporates.
The technology is not that new (Carnot 1824 – Einstein 1926), but has been mainly used for cooling needs (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners common cooling, etc.), where all the requested output was produced by machines with no contact and no benefit from the environment. However, if we reverse the cycle of operation, then instead of cooling they produce heat if in contact with the environment, employ the required heat from it, (air, land, sea, groundwater etc.), without substantial expense for energy.
Normally the cost for transportation of energy is about 20%, thus, using heat pumps saves 80% of both money and natural resources (fuel), while protecting the environment by reducing exhaust emissions. Since heat pumps have the ability to reverse the cycle of operation, and instead to produce both heating and cooling, they can replace several devices such as heating boilers, air conditioners, hot water heaters, etc.
The installation of heat pumps is done quickly and easily. There is no need for chimney or underground sub-stations, thus, you can generate your own energy and avoid additional work in your space. It also does not require a specific location, and the outdoor unit is compact and can easily be mounted externally, even on your balcony. They meet the requirements of both heating and cooling even in extreme ambient temperatures (from -20C to +43C in winter or summer) while the systems also have in built frost protection. Moreover, they allow the production of hot water at different temperatures simultaneously to meet different needs.
Installing heat pump in your home, you will reduce extra liabilities and costs because they simply do not require complex and expensive maintenance. Consequently, you will be able to produce your own energy achieving 75% savings on fuel costs, and also add to the effort towards ecological savings and reduction of the carbon footprint.