DIY Alternative Energy on the Rise

Now that hybrid cars have gone from fad to yesterday’s news, everyone wonders what the next big “green” thing will be? Will it be the new completely electric car? Or the installation of wind generators by businesses? Is it companies taking zero waste pledges? Or is it the rise in green collar jobs? Maybe there isn’t going to be “big thing” but simply the acceptance of all the little things that individuals and companies can do to reduce pollution, preserve natural resources, and invest in an eco-friendly future.

California is leading the country in most alternative energies. It has the largest solar industry, with many California solar companies specializing in installing solar panel systems in homes and businesses. Between investment in green companies and a strong program of tax incentives to encourage homeowners to switch to solar power, the former “hippie state” is set to be on the cutting edge for years to come.

Other states have followed suit with incentives to individuals for switching to wind or solar power. Many are working in cooperation with local utilities to provide rebates on energy-saving appliances for homes. Even the federal government has gotten into the act, offering tax credits for installing energy-efficient windows and doors in existing and new homes.

Hank Newell is a blogger who writes about alternative energy, home repair and home maintenance for sites like Virginia Beach Heating and Cooling as well as DIY blogs.