What are the benefits of having a solar energy home to live in? We all hear stories about how it can save money, or even make us money, but how is this so? What’s so great about solar energy anyway? Doesn’t it cost a lot to have a solar panel array set up for using it all to generate your own electricity? Let’s take a look at the answers to these in the three major benefits below…

Using water for power makes a lot of sense. You don’t have to go through the risky process of compressing highly flammable hydrogen into tanks when nature has done it for you. Hydrogen is naturally and safely compressed in water – without you having to do anything.

Power4Home offers simple plans for you to build your own hydropower generators. These plans use simple materials and most individuals complete the project for less than two-hundred dollars. Most families spend close to that amount on energy costs in just one month during the hot summer or cold winter months.

Having your own home business offering something people need and want will prepare you for a possible loss of employment. The unemployment rate is going to go way up. In some European countries there is now 30 and 40% unemployment. In the U.S. 9% unemployment is already causing a lot of pain and discomfort for a lot of people. Imagine 40% unemployment. Do not think because it has not happened in your life time that it cannot happen.

While hydropower seems like a slam dunk option as an energy platform, there are a few definite negatives. The initial cost of building a hydropower dam can be very large. Hundreds of millions of dollars can be required. Larger projects such as the Three Gorges dam run into the billions. These figures are staggering for smaller countries and even give pause to most first world ones. With the rising costs of fossil fuels, however, this is becoming less of an issue each and every day.

Consider solar water heaters to make your home more energy efficient. This works best in areas where the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing. Solar energy systems circulate water through solar heaters and then pump it into the house. Though you can use this system, it’s best to have a regular water heater for backup purposes, just in case there is a day with little sunlight or more water usage than normal.

When compared to the United States, the efforts of China are amazing. We often view China as a country “catching up” to the rest of the world. With the large investment in renewable energy, it is clear that China is now leading in the energy arena instead of following. Perhaps those future conflicts will not come to be.