A Starting Point for Renewable Energy for Your Home

Are you ready for clean, renewable, affordable energy? If you’re investigating solutions toward sustainability, it’s logical to consider the most popular, widely used and readily implementable first. The renewable energy solutions for home that fit all these criteria are solar, wind and hydro power.

Solar – Panels installed on the home convert sun into energy. It suits sunny climates best, as energy production slows without sunlight. The good news is that prices for this solution are dropping as its popularity grows.

Wind – Wind can be a more stable energy source than the sun. Wind turbines must be present in great numbers or in huge sizes, however, to produce adequate energy; they’re also unsightly and noisy, making them impractical for the average neighborhood.

Hydro – An even more reliable energy source than wind is water. The flow of water on your property is necessary, but if you have that, all it takes to turn it into power is channeling it to a generator. Of the three, it’s the most eco-friendly option since it requires no fuel to generate energy. There are often tax credits, incentives and rebates for these types of sustainable home improvements. Consult local sustainability organizations, state and federal tax code for more information. And remember, Alpine Bank has Green Lending programs.

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Pete Yang

Pete Yang is a senior vice president for Alpine Bank and the co-chair of Alpine's "Green Team." He's based in Aspen, where he handles commercial and consumer loans, with a particular focus on resort financing. He has a keen interest in protecting Colorado's unmatched mountain environment.

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