What exactly is “green power”, and how important is it for our planet? Basically, green energy or power can be used to operate every single machine or equipment in this planet. This is made possible by harnessing the abilities of natural resources such as wind, water, solar and geothermal, which facilities use to generate electricity. In this way, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are prevented, which is typical with burning of fossil fuels. By using natural resources for electrical supply, there are no more additional damages done to this planet, which can mean great news for future generations.
Why Choose Green Power?
By relying on eco-friendly ways to power your home or commercial space, you are reaping these benefits along the way:
1. Help preserve the environment.
There are already far too serious damages that humans have done to this planet, and we are experiencing the consequences of our actions each day. With this in mind, by opting for green power, you are doing your part in taking care of this planet and everything in it – plants, animals and humans. Atmospheric CO2 levels will no longer continue to rise, greenhouse gas emissions are eliminated, and pollution is reduced.
2. Limit your expenses.
Over time, the returns on investment of using sustainable means of generating electricity are immense. By going solar, there will be virtually no electric bills to pay, and you can live off-the-grid in a comfortable, cheap and eco-friendly manner. Although the upfront cost may be a bit more, you can focus more on enormous savings in the long run.
3. Say goodbye to power outages.
There is so much energy from the sun that can power the whole world – and this means less chances to worry about power outages we experience today. If you manage a company, this would be amazing news for you since you no longer need to deal with loss of productivity each time the power is out and the business has to suffer.
Along the way, you will feel a sense of responsibility and connectedness to nature since what you are doing is impacting the planet tremendously. Your move to go green is a noble act, and numerous benefits await you for making this decision.
Options for Green Power
There are various forms in which this type of power can be obtained such as through the sun (solar), heat from the Earth (geothermal), wind and biomass. Below are information on each.
1. Solar Energy
Technologies that use heat and energy from the sun include solar panels, which contains a either the N- or P-type of semi-conductor material. Once the panels absorb sunlight, electrons are released from their atoms through solar energy. Then, these electrons flow and get inside these materials that result to generation of electricity. A high percentage of visible light spectrum is converted by solar panels, as well as infrared light spectrum and ultraviolet. With solar energy, you can obtain electricity for your home or business, cooling, heating and light.
2. Geothermal Energy
There are several resources of this type of energy, which comes from the Earth’s heat. These include hot rocks and water, shallow ground and magma. A type of pump is used to collect this natural resource, which is capable of cooling or heating. The system used to harness geothermal heat include a ductwork, heat-exchanger, and a heat pump. These all work together in either generating or eliminating heat indoors, depending on what you prefer based on the weather. Geothermal energy is also effective in giving you hot water for your home, or in drying crops, and performing a variety of processes in the industry.
3. Biomass Energy
Also referred to as bioenergy, this is the type of energy obtained from organic matter. Plants, organic materials from industrial wastes and fumes coming from landfills are some sources of bioenergy. What is good about this natural resource of energy is the reduction in greenhouse emissions and air pollution. Various applications include biopower to generate electricity, biofuels for transportation, and bioproducts or the conversion of this resource into chemicals needed by industry (instead of using petroleum).
4. Wind Energy
Windmills and wind turbines, which are installed on a high tower, are used to obtain maximum levels of energy. The blades in turbines catch energy from the wind, and both the combination of the drag and lift that allows the rotor and shaft to spin the generator help produce electricity. Turbines are used for communications, pumping water and even to provide electric supply for homes and businesses.
By generating electricity using these sustainable resources, you can maximize production, reduce electric bills, and preserve this planet all at the same time.