Renewable Alternative Energy
It would be difficult to imagine a life without electricity.
Every time we switch on the light at home, turn on the television or even use a hair dryer we consume electricity.
Our daily energy consumption is huge and it is time for us to look for renewable alternative energy.
At the moment, society is generating most of its’ energy by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.
However, supply levels of these fossil fuels are running low and even more importantly they produce huge problems for our environment and our health.
Luckily, there are other options available, and the time is ripe to start making use of renewable alternative energy.
Renewable energy takes advantage of an energy source that is constantly replenishing itself without running out.
The sun is a great example of a source for renewable alternative energy as it will continue to shine for a very long time to come.
Renewable alternative energy includes different kinds of energy such as wind power, solar power, marine power (waves and tides) and geothermal energy which can be explored in some parts of the world.
Fossil fuels on the other hand are non-renewable resources – once we have used them there are none left.
Fossil fuels have actually developed from the remains of the plants and animals such as the dinosaurs that lived on earth millions of years ago.
While they took millions of years to develop we are exhausting them at extremely high speeds.
Today, we can no longer justify our reliance on fossil fuels especially as there is plenty of other renewable alternative energy available.
Using solar power as a source for renewable alternative energy is a natural choice. Most of the energy we find on earth comes directly or indirectly from the sun and the energy the sun produces would be more than enough to satisfy all our energy needs.
The predominant solar technology in use today are solar collectors. You can see these black boxes being attached to the roofs of houses where they collect the heat of the sunlight.
The heat is used to warm water that runs through the coils inside the collector. The hot water is then stored in tanks so that it can be used as warm water for the shower or to heat up the swimming pool.
The International Energy Agency states that a solar water system is capable of supplying 50%-80% of the hot water needs for a whole family.
That means that a family using a solar water system as a renewable alternative energy can reduce its’ reliance and consumption of fossil fuels by a significant percentage.
The more households that implement this technology the bigger the difference to the pollution levels in this country and world wide. If we all work together we can make a difference!
The usage of solar collectors is also very scalable. You can choose between a single collector on the roof of a home to hundreds of collectors that serve a whole community.
Currently, setting up and using renewable alternative energy, e.g. using a solar water heater, requires a considerably higher financial commitment of private households than the usage of traditional forms of energy.
This obstacle could be overcome by the government by offering greater financial incentives for the usage of renewable alternative energy such as solar power.
This could encourage the addition of residential solar heating systems to newly built houses. Up to now, 80% of all solar water heating systems that were installed were installed in existing homes.
Using solar energy to provide a portion of your power needs will benefit you, your family and our environment.