The images of the windmills implanted in a row in acres of farmland must surely come into mind when talking about sustainable energy. The wind blows and the blades turn. Electricity is produced via this process. This sounds quite simple of course. While the process is not too efficient, it does help save costs.
Sustainable energy is energy produced from renewable resources of energy, that is, resources of energy which never run out such as sunlight, water and wind. Wind is used to operate the windmills to produce electricity in the above example. Similarly, solar panels can be installed to produce electricity. Hydroelectricity can also be used to power one’s house.
Sustainable energy can help bring down the electric bill sent out by Arlington energy companies each month. Electricity is usually produced by burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are limited. Due to the limited amount of resources such as crude oil and coal, competition has risen for such resources leading to an increase in costs and hence a rise in electricity prices.
Also, burning of fossil fuels releases toxic wastes such as excess carbon monoxide which harms the environment and is hazardous to human health. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is extremely hazardous. A switch to sustainable sources could greatly reduce serious threats to the environment and the health of the general population.
Installation of solar panels in one’s home can certainly help one switch to electricity produced by the sun’s energy. Solar panels are usually installed on the roof of a home. They are usually made up of crystalline silicon. Electricity is produced through the ‘photovoltaic’ effect. However, solar panel installation can be expensive. Nonetheless, the expenses can be ‘paid back’ in minimal time due to the decrease in, or complete elimination of, electricity bills.
Solar panels are not highly effective yet. This is because they cannot absorb all the range of frequencies in sunlight. The most efficient solar panels convert only slightly above 17 percent of sunlight into electricity. Nonetheless, the setting up of solar panels is definitely an option for those wanting to convert to sustainable energy.
Another way of setting up a sustainable source of energy in one’s home is to switch to Multi-Fuel Stoves. These stoves are powered by biomass such as wood pellets, grain pellets and straw rather than fossil fuel such as coal. These stoves can be used for cooking, heating water in a boiler and heating up a room. The windmills mentioned above are also an option for those who live in large areas.
We all must remember that the world is aging quickly. Its aging can be slowed by the use of sustainable energy worldwide. Such conversions will help the world we all live in to turn into a better place than the polluted mess it is today.