ST. LOUIS, MO -- From solar to wind, green energy is the fastest-growing energy source in the world. It has many benefits for the climate, the environment, the economy and communities. Most Americans (77%) say it’s more important for the U.S. to develop alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power than to produce more coal, oil and other fossil fuels. Over the past decade, solar power has experienced the largest percentage growth of any U.S. energy source. Solar generated just over 2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2008. A decade later, it generated more than 93 billion kilowatt-hours, an almost 46-fold increase.[1] But, how are we using alternative energy sources like solar and wind power to heat our homes, offices, industrial operations, RVs and boats? Step Heat, known for its radiant heating solutions, offers innovative, self-regulating, semi-conductive polymer heating elements, which are often connected to a 24V power supply from standard 120V, 208V or 240V, and can run directly to a solar panel or windmill. Solar panels can create DC energy output in either 12 or 24 volts. While most radiant heating systems typically use 120 or 240 volts AC and need an inverter, the thin Step Heat heating membrane can run on either DC or AC power, making them all the more compelling choice for easy alternative energy compatibility. Now, everyone can harness “the Future of Warmth” and heat their homes, buildings and more with clean, sustainable alternative energy.

“Step Heat has an important role to play in the future of energy as a green-building product company and we’ve been on the impetus of energy diversification for quite some time,” said president of Step Heat, Monica Irgens. “Our innovative technology moves our industry forward. The future remains bright for renewable energy, and harvesting solar energy and converting it into electrical power has enabled us to power our radiant heating systems in new and progressive ways.”

Self-regulating (PTC nano-technology) allows the Step Heat element to heat with maximum power in cold environments, using less energy to achieve the desired temperature. Calculations indicate that Step Heat green radiant heating technology uses 40 to 60% less energy to reach the same heat output compared to other radiant heating methods like cables and hydronics. To date, millions of square feet of Step Heat have been installed in residential, industrial and commercial projects worldwide, even warming the batteries for NASA’s GPS and all seismic sensors on the South Pole.

Step Heat, when properly installed, is easy to install and without failures during installation. Simply cut the element to the appropriate length and connect the electrical components before securing the panels to the subfloor with approved adhesives. Best of all, there is no need to order customized mats to fit a project as elements can be easily cut to size at the build site. It’s also a healthy alternative to forced heat systems because it does not transport allergens and dust, making it the best solution for those that suffer from asthma and allergies.