RENEWABLE ENERGY: THE CLEAN FACTS

Wind and sun oriented are controlling a perfect energy transformation. This is what you need to think about renewables and how you can help have an effect at home.
Solar Energy
Solar Energy
Sun powered, or photovoltaic (PV), cells are produced using silicon or different materials that change daylight straightforwardly into power. Disseminated galaxies create power locally for homes and organizations, either through roof boards or local area projects that power whole areas. Sun based ranches can produce power for a large number of homes, utilizing mirrors to think daylight across sections of land of sunlight based cells. Drifting sun based homesteads or "floatovoltaics" can be a successful utilization of wastewater offices and waterways that aren't naturally touchy. Sunlight based supplies somewhat more than 1% of U.S. power age. However, almost 33% of all new creating limit came from sun powered in 2017, second just to petroleum gas. Sun oriented energy frameworks don't create air toxins or ozone depleting substances, and as long as they are dependably sited, most sunlight based boards have not many natural effects past the assembling interaction.
Wind Energy
Wind Energy
We've made considerable progress from older style wind plants. Today, turbines as tall as high rises with turbines almost as wide in measurement prepare for action all throughout the planet. Wind energy turns a turbine's sharp edges, which takes care of an electric generator and produces power. Wind, which represents somewhat more than 6% of U.S. age, has become the least expensive fuel source in numerous pieces of the country. Top breeze power states incorporate California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa, however turbines can be put anyplace with high wind rates like ridges and open fields or even seaward in untamed water.
Hydroelectric Power
Hydroelectric Power
Hydropower is the biggest sustainable power hotspot for power in the United States, however wind energy is before long expected to assume control over the lead. Hydropower depends on water commonly quick water in an enormous waterway or quickly diving water from a high point and converts the power of that water into power by turning a generator's turbine sharp edges. Broadly and globally, huge hydroelectric plants or super dams are frequently viewed as nonrenewable energy. Uber dams redirect and decrease common streams, confining access for creature and human populaces that depend on waterways. Little hydroelectric plants (an introduced limit underneath around 40 megawatts), painstakingly oversaw, don't will in general reason as much natural harm, as they redirect just a negligible portion of stream.
Biomass Energy
Biomass Energy
Biomass is natural material that comes from plants and creatures, and incorporates crops, squander wood, and trees. At the point when biomass is singed, the compound energy is delivered as warmth and can create power with a steam turbine. Biomass is frequently erroneously portrayed as a spotless, inexhaustible fuel and a greener choice to coal and other non-renewable energy sources for creating power. In any case, late science shows that numerous types of biomass particularly from backwoods produce higher fossil fuel byproducts than petroleum derivatives. There are additionally unfortunate results for biodiversity. All things considered, a few types of biomass energy could fill in as a low-carbon alternative under the right conditions. For instance, sawdust and chips from sawmills that would some way or another rapidly deteriorate and discharge carbon can be a low-carbon fuel source.
Geothermal Energy
Geothermal Energy
In the event that you've at any point loose in an underground aquifer, you've utilized geothermal energy. The world's center is probably just about as warm as the sun's surface, because of the sluggish rot of radioactive particles in rocks at the focal point of the planet. Penetrating profound wells carries hot underground water to the surface as an aqueous asset, which is then siphoned through a turbine to make power. Geothermal plants commonly have low emanations on the off chance that they siphon the steam and water they use once more into the supply. There are approaches to make geothermal plants where there are not underground supplies, but rather there are worries that they may build the danger of a seismic tremor in regions previously viewed as topographical problem areas.
Nuclear
Nuclear
Atomic force, the utilization of supported atomic parting to create warmth and power, contributes almost 20% of the power produced in America. The United States has utilized atomic force for over 60 years to create solid, low-carbon energy and to help public protection exercises. The Energy Department's Office of Nuclear Energy's essential mission is to progress atomic force as an asset fit for making significant commitments in gathering our country's energy supply, ecological, and energy security needs. By zeroing in on the improvement of cutting edge atomic advances, NE upholds the Administration's objectives of giving homegrown wellsprings of secure energy, lessening ozone depleting substances, and upgrading public safety. Atomic force stays a significant piece of our country's energy portfolio, as we endeavor to diminish fossil fuel byproducts and address the danger of worldwide environmental change.
Bioenergy
Bioenergy
Biomass is a natural environmentally friendly power source that incorporates materials like farming and timberland buildups, energy yields, and green growth. Researchers and architects at the Energy Department and National Laboratories are discovering new, more productive approaches to change over biomass into biofuels that can replace ordinary fills like gas, diesel, and fly fuel. Bioenergy can help guarantee a monetarily strong and secure future while decreasing natural effects through: 1.Developing moderate homegrown fills and co-items 2. Propelling clean fuel sources 3.Generating homegrown responsibilities to help the development of the U.S. bioeconomy. Innovative work to change inexhaustible carbon and waste assets into feedstocks for transformation to biofuels, bioproducts, and bio power will reasonably grow biomass asset potential in the United States.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) centers around exploration, advancement, and exhibit of hydrogen and power module advances across various areas empowering development, a solid homegrown economy, and a perfect, evenhanded energy future. Hydrogen is the least difficult and most bountiful component known to man. It is found inside water, petroleum derivatives, and all living matter, yet it seldom exists as a gas on Earth—it should be isolated from different components. There are different homegrown assets that can be utilized to deliver hydrogen, including renewables (wind, sun oriented, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal energy), atomic force, and petroleum products (like flammable gas and coal – with carbon catch and sequestration). The U.S. at present creates in excess of 10 million metric huge loads of hydrogen each year, around one-seventh of the worldwide inventory.

DIY Home Energy Audit Checklist

It’s safe to say that everyone wants a cheaper energy bill. One way to accomplish this is to get an electricity plan with a great rate (like one from Chariot 😉), but you can do more. Specifically — How much you pay on your bill is directly correlated to how much electricity you use in […]

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It’s safe to say that everyone wants a cheaper energy bill. One way to accomplish this is to get an electricity plan with a great rate (like one from Chariot 😉), but you can do more. Specifically — How much you pay on your bill is directly correlated to how much electricity you use in […]

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It’s safe to say that everyone wants a cheaper energy bill. One way to accomplish this is to get an electricity plan with a great rate (like one from Chariot 😉), but you can do more. Specifically — How much you pay on your bill is directly correlated to how much electricity you use in your home. 

Thus, if you want the leanest electric bill possible, you must also learn how to use less energy in your home. That starts with assessing your home’s energy usage with an energy audit. While a professional audit is much more precise, you’ll have to spend money to save money. Thankfully, conducting a home energy audit yourself is much easier than it sounds. 

Let’s discuss what’s involved in a home energy audit, what you need in your arsenal of energy-saving tools, and the comprehensive checklist of the areas in your home to optimize for maximum energy efficiency. 

What is a Home Energy Audit?

The word “audit” makes it sound more advanced than it actually is. An energy audit is simply an assessment of how your home uses energy. This includes your air conditioning system, water heater, electronics, appliances, lighting, laundry, and more. 

In a professional home energy assessment, your home’s energy usage will be analyzed with advanced technology like a thermal imaging camera and a door blower. These devices can detect air leaks that are invisible to the naked eye. But as we mentioned earlier, professional audits can sometimes be costly.

A DIY energy audit won’t be as thorough of an inspection, but it’s still an effective way to spot big drafts, poorly insulated hot water heaters, old weatherstripping, and more. After this at-home energy audit, you’ll have a much better idea of the steps you should take in your home if you really want to save energy — and money! 

Proper weatherstripping is an essential component to achieving peak energy efficiency in your home.

Your Savings Toolkit: Things You’ll Need to Achieve Peak Energy Efficiency

While it might be counterintuitive to spend money to save money, the return on investment will be worthwhile. We intentionally chose relatively inexpensive technology that will provide big returns on your bills by reducing your energy consumption.

Depending on your home’s individual energy status, we recommend adding these items to your shopping list include: 

  • LED light bulbs
  • Powerstrips
  • Weatherstripping
  • Caulk
  • HVAC filters
  • Insulating blanket for hot water heater
  • A grill
  • A chimney balloon

These features might be more expensive, but they are just as energy-saving: 

  • A smart thermostat
  • An attic box
  • ENERGY STAR appliances
  • Low-flow faucets to save water
  • Blackout curtains

With this shopping list in hand, it’s time to determine what you’ll actually need with our comprehensive checklist. 

Chariot Energy’s DIY Energy Audit Checklist

We recommend the following plan of attack for your DIY efforts. Ordered from easiest to most difficult, you should print this out, and cross off each item as you go. 

TaskDescription
Install a programmable thermostatSmart thermostats can be pricey, but you can get basic programmable models for around $20. 
Program your new thermostatIf it’s winter, following these thermostat settings. If it’s summer, we recommend following these, as they’re calculated for maximum energy savings. 
Check for air leaksShine a light or hold a damp hand in front of places where two materials meet. These include wiring holes, windows, sliding doors, where the chimney meets the ceiling, plumbing holes, electrical outlets, openings in exterior walls and cracks where the foundation meets the exterior siding.
Caulk cracks, weatherstrip windows and doorsIf you find a crack, fill it with caulk. If you find a leaky window or door, replace the weatherstripping.
Check your water heater’s temperatureYour water heater probably is still set at the factory setting of 140 °F. The EPA suggests you turn it down by 20 degrees for safety and savings.
Insulate your water heater if warm to the touchIf your water heater is warm to the touch, you’re losing energy and throwing away money. Purchase an insulated blanket for your water heater.
Replace all incandescent bulbsTraditional light bulbs are a huge waste of money, devoting nearly all their energy to heat energy rather than light. Install LED bulbs instead, as they cost the same as other bulbs and last for years and years.
Change your filter every monthYour air conditioner will work more efficiently and with fewer issues when you replace the filter every month.
Plug “vampire” appliances into a power stripVampire appliances are devices that use electricity even when they’re off, including your computer, TV, gaming consoles, cellphones, and more. To prevent them from wasting energy, plug them all into a single power strip and turn it off when they’re not in use.
Cook outsideCooking in your home heats up your house, causing your air conditioner to work overtime. Get a grill and cook outside when possible, as the heat will disperse instead of. being trapped in your house.
Purchase an attic boxYour attic entry is basically one giant hole that should be insulated. An attic box is a removable piece of insulation that keeps outside air from getting in and vice versa.
Use a chimney balloonIf you have a chimney, purchase and install a chimney balloon to keep outside air from getting inside. It helps cool your home in summer, and you can remove it during the winter.
Use your ceiling fans wiselyFans help the air feel cooler than it actually is. In the summer, make sure your ceiling fans blow air down, while in winter, having them blow air up to evenly distribute the heat.
Consider a smart thermostatIf you’re looking to upgrade your current programmable thermostat, consider a smart thermostat. They can be controlled remotely and programmed to turn on based on your location, and more.
Replace your old faucet headsLow-flow and aerated faucets use much less water than regular ones. Install these to keep your water bill low and the energy your water heater uses to a minimum.
Get ENERGY STAR appliancesWhen your old appliances die, replace them with ENERGY STAR ones. They use energy much more efficiently, which leads to savings on your bill.

So You’ve Audited Your Home. Now What? 

Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed your audit. If you’re craving more energy-saving activities, check out our Energy Saving hub to learn even more strategies and tips. 

What If You’re Still Not Seeing Results? 

If you’re still not seeing results, it just might be your energy plan and rate. Luckily, we’ve also got a solution for that! Chariot offers affordable energy produced by 100% Texas solar panels. If you’re interested in switching, visit our plans page to check out our rates in your area. 

Happy saving!

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