Simplifying home energy systems is now a reality. Micro-cogenerators, or combined heat and power systems (CHP) combine heat, air conditioning, electricity and hot water from a single source. Micro-cogenerators not only reduce energy costs, but also reduce dependence on foreign oil, carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.
Micro-cogenerators are 90 percent efficient and are both environmentally friendly and a money saver. In simplest terms, micro-cogenerators work like a car’s engine, equipped to generate electricity and provide domestic hot water and heat. These devices can operate on natural gas, fuel oil or biodiesel.
While micro-cogenerators are considered to be money-saving and energy-efficient models, the main problem is cost due to the lack of current popularity.
Micro-cogenerators can be installed in homes, offices, restaurants, markets, convenience stores, hotels, and farms.
Micro-cogenerators are likely to become more popular in the United States and Canada as the cost of home-heating fuel and environmental awareness increases.