What is a Green Energy Contractor?
EnviroCitizen.org has found that a green energy contractor functions very similarly to a traditional contractor. A green energy contractor is an individual or business that comes to your home to assist you with building or renovating your home. However, a green energy contractor goes about his work with a very different focus than a traditional contractor. A green energy contractor makes changes to your home so that your home can run more efficiently and you can have a lower carbon footprint. A green energy contractor also has the knowledge and expertise to install renewable energy technologies in your home. There are a wide variety of these renewable energy technologies (also called green energy technology) that can be installed in your home.
The most intuitive technology that can be installed in your home by a green energy contractor is solar photovoltaic cells (solar panels). While solar panels effectively deliver renewable, clean energy to your home, they aren't as widely used as many environmentalists would like. They are extremely cost-prohibitive, meaning that the exorbitant start-up costs associated with solar panels often prohibit many consumers from buying them. More popular renewable energy technologies include wind turbines (which are small, cost-effective, far less cost-prohibitive than solar panels and easy to install), energy-efficient heat, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and solar hot water heating systems.
Green energy contractors can easily install wind turbines on your property, so long as your area has enough wind to propel the turbine. Also many HVAC systems are available that improve the indoor air quality of your home and increase the energy-efficiency of your home. Solar hot water heating systems are incredibly popular because they are relatively inexpensive to buy and install and they are incredibly effective at lowering your energy bills and your carbon footprint. With solar hot water heating systems, solar energy heats water both for consumption and to heat your home. Solar hot water heating systems also heat water that can be used to shower with. That same water can be circulated throughout pipes in your home (installing these pipes in your floor is the most energy-efficient method), effectively heating your home through the use of radiant heat.
Green energy contractors are experienced enough to install any of these renewable energy technologies and more. EnviroCitizen.org believes that they are a wonderful resource for homeowners and business owners who want to make their homes or businesses greener. Making your home or business run as energy-efficiently as possible enables you to maintain your home for the lowest cost possible and enjoy a lighter carbon footprint. Green energy contractors can help make this a reality!