There is a lot of information floating around about the benefits of using alternative energy or renewable resources. But what does that mean exactly? And how can you benefit by saving money and helping the environment?
There are many types of renewable resources. Some of the most common and well known are: wind power, solar power and hydro power. You could use one or a combination of both. Here are a few pros and cons of each source of energy.
1. Wind power. You’ve probably driven by a huge field of giant wind mill looking things. These windmills are called wind turbines. They create and store electricity. The good thing about this source of energy is that it’s free, abundant, and completely ‘green’.
The bad thing about turbines is that you will need a lot of them to power your home and they do take up quite a bit of room. Wind turbines do not produce the same amount of electricity at all time. Turbines also produce a lot of noise that’s why most people do not like building it in their backyard.
2. Solar energy. Solar panels convert the energy of the sun into usable electricity. The pros of solar energy is that it’s clean, renewable, and free. It does not cause any noise since no moving of parts involved. For your homes, you can just put them on your roofs.
The cons are that you need sunlight so some climates won’t provide as much electricity as others and you will need many solar panels in order to get a lot of energy. With that being said, it is only capable of producing energy during daytime and the sun is hot. Meaning solar panels can’t produce energy for half a day to you.
3. Hydro power. It uses moving water to generate electricity in dams, rivers, ocean surface waves and the tides in the ocean. Dams are great example of this renewable energy. Good thing about hydro power is that no air nor water are harmed and contaminated by producing harmful wastes. Dams serves as a water reservoir. They not only produce electricity but also reserve water so it won’t be wasted.
The cons with this source of energy is that construction of dam can be expensive meaning they must operate for a long time before becoming profitable. Building a large dam can also lead to drought.
If you can ever get to the point where you can generate more electricity than you need you can actually make money by selling your excess electricity back to the power companies. It would be nice for a change to have them pay you, wouldn’t it?
In fact, our world today has been more earth-conscious. In bathrooms you would see signs encouraging people to conserve water. In public trash bins, waste segregation is still being advocated. We only have one earth and we should take care of her while we still have the chance.
So if you’ve ever wondered what home renewable energy was, how it could benefit you and what simple energy-saving things you can practice, than here’s your answer.