Generate Electricity – The Advantages of Using Renewable Energy


A windmill on a cloudy day

We have all heard about renewable energy lately as the world looks to cleaner, greener ways to power their lives. There are many different forms of renewable energy, but probably the most well-known is the use of solar power and wind energy. These types of energies can be easily harnessed from the natural sources, they are derived from. It is thought that in the US, up to 30% of electricity may be produced by using renewable energy. What types of renewable energy are there and how can you harness them?

Solar Power 

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Solar power is probably the easiest form of renewable energy to harness. There are many different kinds of solar panels you can use to harvest the sun’s rays and turn it into usable energy. You can use these panels to heat your home or to power lighting or appliances. The main drawback with solar power is the pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels. However, scientists are trying to come up with better alternatives to the harmful greenhouse effect of fossil fuels.

Another type of renewable energy sources is wind power. Unlike solar panels, wind turbines do not need sunlight or wind speeds high enough to generate wind power. In fact, the energy from wind is higher than that from solar panels, and the wind is constant rather than shifting.

Wind Turbines

A windmill in a field with a mountain in the background

While solar panels and wind turbines continue to be developed, there are other renewable sources that have been around for a long time. These include fossil fuels like coal and oil, both of which have been used for centuries to power civilization. While there is still some controversy surrounding the impact of burning fossil fuels, no one debates the fact that it is killing the planet.

Another type of renewable energy is heat energy, also called hydropower. It is created by using flowing water in a turbine to spin. Hydropower uses water from rivers and lakes to produce electricity. By using the natural flow of water to create electricity, hydropower does not release carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases.

Geothermal Energy

One renewable source is geothermal energy. This type of energy uses the earth’s molten core to generate power. The earth’s core contains enormous amounts of heat energy, much of which can be tapped. Geothermal power stations can provide electricity for entire towns. In most countries, this type of energy is sold to companies for use in homes. The amount of carbon dioxide released from burning fossil fuels is much greater than the amount released by geothermal plants, making it a more attractive choice as an alternative form of energy.

Conclusion

Even though solar panels and windmills can be expensive, they can still be built for a fraction of the cost. People have been building their own generators for thousands of dollars and they can continue doing so for years to come. Even if you invest a lot of money you can still save money. Once the project is up and running you can easily make back all of your investment in just a few months. Generating your own clean energy using renewable energies is very simple and easy to do. Now that you know more about renewable energy you can start generating your own energy.

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