Creating Power at Home
Wind maps show that most southeastern states (aside from coastal areas) have very weak wind resources—with winds averaging less than 5.6 mph.
Solar radiation maps show that even the most northern states get enough solar radiation to warrant solar hot water and electric (PV) panels.
Water heating accounts for 15% – 25% of the energy use in a typical home. By turning water down from 140 F to 120 F, you can save up to 20% of that energy.
Insulating hot water pipes can result in water arriving 2–4 degrees hotter at household showers and faucets, saving both water and energy.