Renewable Energy Options and Technologies

The following six chapters provide concise summaries of renewable energy technologies and options you can consider for your home. Chapters 1 and 2 give you an overview of utility-scale clean renewable energy. You will learn how energy is tracked and purchased, and how it is supplied to our nation’s electric grid, utility companies, and to your home.

Chapters 3 through 6 provide all the information you need to consider renewable energy systems for your home, such as those diagramed below. If you are interested in a solar hot water system, a solar electric system, a geothermal heating and cooling system, or a small wind turbine, these chapters will provide you with all the information you need to get started and make informed decisions.

Check out our Renewable Star Household Profile to learn how one family incorporated several renewable energy systems in their home.