There is probably been no greater time for you to consider the idea of adding some sort of alternative energy source to your home. The choices for alternative energy are getting larger as well as the quality for these different sources are getting better. The best thing however is that the prices are starting to drop. You will also notice that choosing certain alternative energy sources will come with tax breaks from the federal and state governments. There is a lot of information online and elsewhere that you can find out about the different sources of energy and in order to find the right one for you, that is what it will take, is some research and time.
If you want to find a good overview of the different sources of energy you can get information from the Department of Energy. They have a list of things a long with information about the energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal as well as biomass. You should have at least a general understanding and knowledge about all of these different resources before making a decision.
You will also need to set down some goals. You really need to be clear on why you are looking for an alternative energy source and how you want to use it. By having this kind of goal it is going to help shorten your search.
What is your motivation? Are you trying to simply lower your electric, gas or oil bills on a monthly basis? Or is the reason that you want to help save the environment so you may not mind actually spending more on energy if it helps out the environment in which you live? Remember, that the cost of adding a new source of energy to your home can cost in the hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars to accomplish. So, you really need to know why you are doing this.
If your only goal is to help the environment then the choice shouldn't be too hard, however, if that is not the case then you need to start shortening your options by comparing how much it will cost to invest in the new source of energy as compared to how much you will eventually save. You need to know if your return on the investment is going to be worth the money you may or may not be saving each month.
After you have done this you need to make sure that there are no zoning regulations with regards to the type of energy you might be considering. Don't just think because something is good for the environment that it's going to be allowed in your area. Anywhere you live may have regulations that you much follow. Especially if you live in a condo community or some other type of controlled community situation.
Once you have decided on what you want and that there are no regulations to worry about you need to start comparing the different products and make sure that the equipment that you are considering on buying is of high quality. Make sure that you check out the vendor or the contractor that you might be considering to work with. Just check with the BBB or Better Business Bureau. See if there are any black marks against them and find out how others feel about their products and work.