Jul

24

2010

It’s Easy Being Green: A Guide to Renewable Energy and Efficiency

There is a lot of discussion centered around non-fossil-fuel energy sources and energy efficiency right now. With atmospheric concentrations of CO2 rising to damaging levels, renewable energy might be the best option for reversing the effects of global warning and reliance on fossil fuels. But how does one know how to choose an alternative energy source?

There are many options for attempting to use greener technologies, including sources of renewable energy sources as diverse as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat. These naturally replenished forms of energy can also be cost-effective in addition to being better for the environment. This article can serve as a guide to renewable energy.

Solar:
Solar power comes from the ultimate energy source, the sun. The energy efficiency of harnessing the power of the sun is raised by the newer forms of photo-voltaic panels, which more readily capture the sun’s rays.

Wind:
Wind power is growing exponentially every year. Obtained through conversion from turbines, wind power is one of the best non-fossil-fuel energy sources available.

Geothermal Heat:
Another excellent option for reversing the atmospheric concentrations of CO2 is implementing the use of geothermal heat, or heat from the earth. Once the heat is extracted, it can be converted to electricity with a high degree of energy efficiency.

Tidal Power:
This form of hydroelectric power harnesses the movement of the tides. This form of power is more expensive than other types, but is a much more reliable source than wind and other hydroelectric sources.

These are only a few of the great selections for increasing home energy efficiency. Exploring other options for alternative energy can lead to a fruitful option for a person’s particular energy wants and needs. Becoming energy efficient and eco-friendly can help energy bills, the environment immediately around you, and, eventually, the world.

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