Existing types of alternative energy
The sun is the most powerful natural energy source on the planet. Every day, 365 days per year, our sun gives us energy in the form of light and heat all year long. A major part of this energy remain unused, while instead we burn carbon fuels, which in turn is become scarce and therefore more expensive to provide. The situation will only get worse for those who continue to rely on fossil fuels, and the time to use solar energy to power our homes is now.
One of the most popular residential source of green energy is the home wind turbine. Wind energy, like solar, takes advantage of a natural phenomenon to produce energy saving, with few costs after the initial installation.
Typically you will get about 80% saving of that electricity that your electric geyser is going to use from your solar water heater. Those consumers that can afford it are turning to solar systems
alternative. Its major selling point is that it costs you much less upfront. With the heat pump you have a payback period of less than two years. With the solar panel you get a payback of in the area of about four years and with the cheap solar panel in the area of about six years.
A Solar system is approximately a 5-8 years investment., but benefiting of federal tax credits and state, it may be paid much sooner. Solar water heaters also last much longer than gas or electric water heaters. In the meantime, your investment is paying dividends for the environment.
Green Energy Lighting
To some, the phase out of the humble incandescent light bulb which has been a key element of the electrical industry is nothing but an inconvenience. To others, it is a long overdue and indispensable step in reducing carbon emissions and slowing the pace of climate change. To the electrical supplier it could be either of the above.
There is one thing for sure, everyone will soon buy energy efficient lighting
The commonly used metric for comparing energy saving lighting is lumens of output per watt of electrical input. This method is appropriate for omni-directional bulbs such as traditional A-shape lamps and spiral CFLs.
What will happen. I think energy efficient may create some jobs in the short term. However, I understand that these jobs would be temporary, that once the windmills or solar panels or whatever they come up with are installed, there’s little or no maintenance on them, there will be no reason to retain all employees. I do think we should develop green energy in more efficient ways than we have, and for that, a profit will need to be ensured after project completion in order to secure major investment.
Energy efficient is probably looking at making up 10 per cent or so, maybe a little less than that, of our energy mix over time.