Article by Douglas M. Parks
Many home owners seek solutions to save money every month, and the installation of alternative energy systems drastically reduces the electricity bill. The majority of modern conveniences work on electricity, and we can’t live without it. If you install the right system, you can enjoy all the independence for the operation of the electrical system. Alternative energy systems represent off-grid electrical structures, and they have so far proved really reliable and effective.
The power of sun, wind and even moving water turn into electricity when processed by alternative energy systems. Although electricity is produced differently by each of them, these systems all share non-polluting, clean properties. With a wind generator or a system of sun panels you can charge the batteries for your electrical appliances, heat water or your entire house. If sun, wind or water fail, there remains biomass. Bio-diesel generators can charge batteries efficiently, and the primary matter is really cheap if we think that anything organic decomposes and releases methane.
It is important to evaluate the pros and cons of various alternative energy systems in the particular context of your needs. People choose renewable energy for a number of reasons. The maintenance costs are really low; the amount you pay in taxes drops too; you reduce toxic emissions; you add to the value of your property, and the list of benefits is far from closing here. As long as you respect the specificity of the location, you have all chances to install a valuable system that can cover the needs of your household.
You should not overlook the importance of the geographical location and the climate for the correct selection of alternative energy systems. In warm, coastal areas, it is possible to use a combination of sun and wind systems in order to produce all the necessary energy. The wind may not be of much help in cold or temperate areas. Biomass is the remaining alternative wherever sun and wind don’t work properly.
There is a huge variation for the complexity of the alternative energy systems. The availability of battery backup, the conversion from DC to AC and other additional features are responsible for the efficiency of a certain system. In very advantageous cases when home owners produce more than they consume, they can provide to others and make money for the energy they supply.
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Question by Cade: alternative energy. I want to be informed, where do I start?
I want to be a supporter for the alternative energy movement but not sure where to start. There are a few sites I came across myself but instead they use the subject to promote political means. Is there a site or book or something that can give me the facts as a beginner?
What are some good podcasts, YouTube channels, twitter/Facebook pages and other medusa? I want to be as immersed and informed as possible. Local resources where I live are a joke, which is why I ask for those above. Thanks
Answer by Shaun diZle
really the best thing you could do is take an environmental science class at a junior college. dont take anything specific, such as strictly renewable energy sources and derivatives.
but my local community college has a green living course which teaches you things about water conservation etc.
what would you like to learn? i took an advanced environmental science class and it was more about things such as how harmful mining is and carbon emissions etc.
one fact i still remember from that class is, if we all started converting to living 100% green it would take 70 years for everyone to be green and for it to take full effect.
but yeah id recommend taking a college course or something of the sort instead of relying on online information as it is backed up with sources. glad to see someone wanting to look into it though.
really the best thing we can do for the environment is educate the people that are unaware of the harm they are doing to the environment, you dont have to become a hippy, but become aware of what you are doing
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