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Question: Can you power a heating system from a stream beside your house?
Asked by matty0506 to Aggelos on 12 Nov 2012.
answered on 12 Nov 2012:
@matty0506, good question. Do you have a stream beside your house?
You could install a small hydro-electric turbine. This will generate electricity from the water flow. You can use the electricity to power an electric heater.
But do you think it is better to use a gas boiler to heat your house and use the electricity for lighting or other things in your house? Think about it and ask me again if you ant to know the answer…
matty0506 commented on 21 Nov 2012:
cheers, for the answer
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Aggelos commented on 21 Nov 2012:
@matty0506, you are welcome.
In general electricity is more valuable than heat as we can use it for many different things, while heat is only used to heat things. This is why electricity is more expensive than heating oil.
So if I had a hydro-electric turbine that generated electricity from a stream beside my house, I would use the electricity for lighting, cooking, running the fridge etc. For heating I would use a solar water heater, a biomass or gas boiler 😉
manemaster commented on 22 Nov 2012:
Is solar energy/photovaltaics likely to be the way all household are fueled?
you were just talking to our school and thanks a million but what is tidal energy :)
do u belive that if you dig a large hole in the ground and fill it with lots of material eg bodies and stones and other
How long will we have until petrol and deisel run out and we will need a renewable energy for cars?
Have you ever investigated into tidal power or do you only look at solar power?