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Heat alternatives

By Charles Hopkins Published 03/13/2006 | Environment

Fossil fuels are one the main stays in heating homes across the US and around the world. As the cold weather continues and the need for heat remains high, the use of fossil fuels has been rising and this is depleting the natural resources that are found in the earth. As the natural resources of the earth are dwindling, we must each be finding alternative methods to heat our homes, in a cost effective method, and in a method that is not going to rely on other countries or on fossil fuels for the far term future.  Heat alternatives are going to be vast and wide, and choosing one for your personal home or business is going to be based on where you live, the type of house you have, and the cost effectiveness of that type of alternative heat for your home.

Solar energy is one alternative heat source that has been explored for years. The use of solar heat and solar energy is one that can be harnesses, and will come to your home free of charge after you have your systems in place for heating the home. The sun does give off a lot of sunlight, and a lot of energy and harnessing the solar power is going to require further investigations. The solar panels, and the solar energy does make sense for many who live in areas where the days are long, and the clouds are not evident daily.  When the skies are cloudy, you will find the solar energy available is going to drop somewhat, but not totally.  Solar energy provides heat through out the night and for days after, as it can be stored in the home in batteries, in water, and in various other types of materials. The heat is then released into the home through air, water or through electricity that has been generated by the collection of solar power.

Electricity is another source of heat alternative that we all realize exists, but are not using enough of. Electricity is one that is a renewable fuel source, and this heat alternative can heat your home even during the coldest winters and during the worst storms.  Electricity can be generated by harnessing the energy and the power in wind, water, and in burning other types of fuels, such as vegetable oils, fossil fuels and nuclear power and such. Fossil fuels that generate electricity will be phased out in the coming years, with electric resources depending on other sources. Fossil fuels are going to be depleted, and the use of electricity will be dependent on other types of alternative fuels as well.

Why are alternative heat sources needed? With the use of oils and gasoline, and the natural gas rising, the costs are also rising.  The uses of these products are rising and depleting the reserves that have taken hundreds if not millions of years to create.  As the fossil fuels in the earth are being used, alternatives are being tested and put into place for hating the home, no matter what climate you live in or what are of the country you find yourself building a home in.