A Brief History
Nowadays, with the overuse of non-renewable energy resources and the increasing fear of its extinction, a lot of countries are producing and encouraging the use of renewable energy resources such as solar energy, wind energy, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and tidal energy. The last two decades have specifically inherited the use of solar energy as an alternative source to produce power. With the development of solar panels and its extensive use, the prices have seemed to drop over the past few years, giving way to a lot of homeowners to install one. A lot of local governments and companies are also supplying renewable energy to the residents, with the most common energy sources being solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectricity.
So, what are the actual benefits that can be extracted by using renewable sources in your home? Let us find out.
A Step Towards Saving the Environment
Increasing global warming and carbon footprint is taking a toll on the planet’s climate. We have begun to witness the harsh weather changes that can disrupt this planet if the necessary steps are not taken. Using renewable energy sources leaves less carbon footprint and is considered to be green energy. It lowers carbon dioxide emissions and helps in the reduction of air pollution. Not only are you lending a hand in the fight against global warming, but you’re also contributing to saving fossil fuels and non-renewable energy sources that are almost on the verge of extinction.
The lack of technology in the past did not allow us to use renewable energy sources at a cheaper rate, but the modern era is adopting its use slowly and steadily. A lot of governments are already sticking to this power source and spreading the important message worldwide. Even though you do not personally benefit from this advantage, you’re doing your bit towards saving the environment.
You Can Save a Lot of Money on Bills
What if we say that not only can you save money on your bills but also receive reimbursements by installing a renewable energy source in your home? Sounds interesting, right? Since you’re relying on renewable energy sources for your power needs, you will notice a drastic reduction in electricity and heating bills. If your government provides a renewable energy source for your gas as well, you’ll save even more. If, for example, you’ve installed solar panels on your house, then there are chances of receiving money for giving back some produced power or by trading it with the facility. It’s a win-win situation. You can learn more about energy saving and reducing billing costs from your local energy supplier company; however, your bill amount may vary depending on your power usage and size of the solar panel system that you’ve installed. You should not worry about living in cooler areas with cloudy days as solar panels produce at least 20 percent of the power for the day as compared to sunny days.
You Never Run Out of Power
Needless to say, we can never run out of renewable energy as these sources are available in all corners of the world and every day. If we talk about solar energy, which is the most commonly used renewable energy, you can trust it for power consumption as it is available every day. As long as we have the sun, we will have power. You no longer have to suffer from unexpected power cuts for hours or heating issues during cold days.
It Requires Low Maintenance
Among all renewable energy sources, let us talk about the most common ones that homeowners incorporate. Solar panels, among all renewable energy sources, are extremely low maintenance and require just a couple of cleaning sweeps a year. Apart from the inverter and cables, the panels hardly need any maintenance or servicing as these are easy to clean and can operate for more than 20 years. Even the inverter requires changing only after 5 to 10 years as it continuously functions to convert solar energy into power sources. The solar panels are stable and properly installed, thus they don’t undergo any particular damages. You can hire a specialized cleaning company to clean the solar panels that offer economical prices. All in all, you just need to change the cables and the inverter, after a couple of years, which checks the low maintenance criteria of a renewable energy source. If your renewable energy is provided by the government, you’re good to go.
Using renewable energy sources is not only beneficial in the current situation, but also has promised long term benefits. It saves money, generates income, has low maintenance, is extremely reliable, and is better for the environment. It is high time we all start using renewable energy sources for power.
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Rhodes, Richard. Energy: A Human History. Simon & Schuster, 2019.