Alternative Solar Energy
For more than 100 years our energy needs were met with the consumption of fossil fuels such as oil and coal.
However, as the damaging effect of our use of such fossil fuels to our environment is becoming more and more apparent an increasing number of people is looking for a cleaner and greener future.
Alternative solar energy is an obvious choice as it is self-renewing and does not create any additional pollution.
The energy produced by the sun would actually be enough to satisfy all of our energy needs. This raises the question why not everyone is powering their homes with alternative solar energy?
The main reason is that the necessary technology is currently still very expensive to install. As new technologies are being developed and fossil fuels are becoming increasingly expensive, alternative solar energy will become more affordable and economical.
Alternative solar energy is a great way to take advantage of the energy the sun produces every day.
Often people think that alternative solar energy is only a viable power source in places where it is very hot and where the sun always shines. This is not true.
The heat generated by the sun, i.e. the temperatures we experience are not of major importance when it comes to the generation of energy. What is relevant is the brightness of the sun.
When the sun is bright enough for us to read a book or to write it is also bright enough to be harnessed as alternative solar energy. Therefore, solar heating still works in cold regions as long as there is sufficient brightness from the sun.
The rays of the sun contain a vast amount of energy, but to introduce a new technology that can take advantage of this potential globally involves very high costs.
A large amount of research and development is being conducted into finding ways to harness solar energy and to generate electricity.
The solar technologies available at the moment are too expensive for many people, and they lack efficiency when converting solar energy into electrical energy.
If you would like to gradually start using alternative solar energy in your daily life you have many options.
To begin with you could have a solar collector installed on your roof. Such a device can collect enough energy from the sun to heat water which you can then store in a tank and use for your cooking or your shower.
You can also make use of alternative solar energy by using a different type of solar collector to heat up your swimming pool. Such a device could easily be installed on the roof of your garage or a shed.
The water heated up by the solar collector can then be used to heat your pool, and you can swim in nice warm water, no matter how cold it is.
Solar collectors are just one example of the many alternative solar energy technologies that have already been developed. All of them can help to cut down on the amount of fossil fuels that we consume.
However large oil and electricity companies are currently still against the wide spread usage of alternative solar energy or any other type of renewable energy for that matter.
I let you decide for yourself what their motivation might be.
There are always two sides to every story and you have to decide for yourself whether you want to continue using fossil fuels that damage our environment.
Alternatively, you can start to make a change to your current energy consumption.
Use alternative solar energy and help to live in a cleaner and greener world in the near future.