You may have already heard of the cries of several people wanting renewable energy. But what does it actually mean? What does renewable energy have in store for us? What are its effects? How better or worse is it from the energy sources we are using today?
What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy comes from a wide number of sources. Solar energy, being the most pushed by scientists and activists, uses the power of the sun to generate and store energy via solar panels and batteries; wind power, which harnesses the winds to power turbines and convert it to clean energy; and hydropower, which uses the water currents to power the surrounding and connected areas.
Why renewable energy?
You see, renewable energy means it never runs out as compared to the ones we use today. It also means it is cleaner compared to the likes of coal and oil. This is why people should start investing more in this greener, cleaner, and better source of power. But what is in it for us? How easy is it to get?
- Cleaner – People always throw out the words “clean energy” but is it really clean? Well, yes. It has less or no emissions at all as compared to the others listed above. There is no smoke, gasses, and other harmful products made by renewable energy. You get the energy you need while also maintaining a cleaner atmosphere and less or zero harmful byproducts. Now, who would not want to live in a cleaner and greener world, right?
- Cheaper – Since it requires less effort and resources to maintain and gather energy, you can expect your electricity bills to be significantly cheaper. This is because renewable energy sources like windmills and solar panels require less maintenance and people to watch over them. And the fact that they use no material to create power, no matter or resource is lost and needed; hence, the name renewable energy.
- More job opportunities – Once renewable energy gets a boost and enough attention, more and more people will want to try and use it for their own homes and neighborhoods. This creates a large demand for the service and feature. This growing demand then has to be met, right? This would lead to the creation of new companies and jobs that the people will need.
Where to get renewable energy?
Despite the lack of marketing and promotions, renewable energy can be found pretty much anywhere. Although in certain places, prices for installation and connection will be more expensive due to several factors. But once you do opt-in, you will get your investment back after a few years thanks to the cheaper or zero power bill.
Such an example would be the Chevelon Butte Wind Farm in Arizona. The project already benefits nearby counties, and with enough attention and demand, your area may also benefit from renewable energy, too.
Renewable energy is the future of our world. However, it still needs more support and demand from the people. Hopefully, with enough noise, renewable energy can be the standard for our energy concerns.