Guide to Greener Heating: Your Best and Cheapest Home Heating Options

Cleaner, greener home heating options are abundant, but they’re not all equal. Compare the pros and cons before you decide which should heat your home.



Energy Efficiency
MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor Gary Reysa's Montana home has a shed (right) that collects and transfers heat to the house (left) through underground water pipes. The garage (middle) is heated by solar hot air collectors.  
Photo By Gary Reysa
A Blower Door
A blower door test will help you discover and seal leaks in your home.  
Photo By Fotolia/Macdreid
Easily Add Insulation to Attics and Crawl Spaces
You can easily add insulation to attics and crawl spaces to help reduce your energy bills in winter. 
Photo By Ottmar Bierwagen
Solar Thermal Heating Systems
Solar thermal heating systems can be installed on new or existing homes. 
Photo By Ottmar Bierwagen
Reliable Solar Thermal Systems
Solar thermal systems are a reliable, cost-effective way to heat your home. 
Photo By iStockphoto.com/Gingwa
Radiant Floor Heating
Solar thermal systems can tie into new or existing radiant floor, baseboard hot water and forced-air systems. 
Photo By Fotolia/Chlorophylle
Tie Into a New or Existing Radiant Floor System
Solar thermal systems can tie into new or existing radiant floor, baseboard hot water and forced-air systems. 
Illustration By Len Churchill











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