In this age, the threats of climate change and pollution is continually increasing. News of polar ice melting, animals becoming extinct, marine coral bleaching and the like, serve as proof of the damages that humans have made to the planet. Thus, it is important that we do our part in helping the environment. One way to help is by using renewable energy for your home.
Renewable energy such as solar energy and wind energy offer an alternative source of power that is constantly replenished, compared to fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, which are of limited quantity. And because these are finite resources, the retrieval of fossil fuels are now also becoming too expensive and damaging to the environment. Using solar and wind energy is completely safe unlike the plants that process these fossil fuels which emit gasses and pollutants.
Aside from the environmental benefits, using renewable energy can also help reduce your electricity bills. Solar energy and wind energy are the most common types of renewable energy used at home.
Solar energy, as the name implies, is energy harnessed from the sun and is produced when the sun out throughout the day. This will require solar panels installed in your roof or backyard. In general, a square foot of solar panels could generate at least 10 watts so a couple of square feet would be enough to power most of the needs of one household. One limitation of energy is that it can only generate electricity when the sun is up, however, you can opt to invest in ways in which you can collect the energy throughout the day and use it up at night when there’s no sun.
On the other hand, by using wind turbines, you will be able to harness wind energy. As the wind is more stable throughout the day and night, a good-sized wind turbine can generate power for your household at any time. However, the downside to wind turbines is that they can take up space and a make a lot of noise so it would not be practical or may even be prohibited in densely populated residential areas.
Choosing a source of renewable energy, whether solar or wind will require an initial investment in your part. Nonetheless, the returns in terms of your savings in utility bills and more importantly, the benefits to the environment makes investing in renewable energy worth every cent.