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Are Alternative Energy Solutions A Priority?

In my reading this week I learnt that America accounts for almost 25% of world energy consumption with just 5% of the global population.  The fact is there are billions of people who have absolutely no access to any electricity at all! In recent years there has been a lot of talk but very little progress in addressing these facts, and it seems that pursuing cheap alternative energy solutions must become a high priority.

Even leading petroleum procedures such as Shell, now admit that by 2040 more than 50% of the world’s energy will need to come from renewable resources.  (Thanks for these Solar Energy Facts) The technology is already available, tried and tested but it is ordinary people like us who have got to get involved if this is going to happen. It is no use relying on politicians because they can only see the implications for their term – not 30 years ahead!

What is my response? I now live in a house designed to effectively use solar energy to heat my house in winter and keep it cool in summer. I am getting a series of solar panels attached to my roof, as well as investigating the possibility of getting a wind turbine as well.

This is a start. Yet, what the world needs is a preparedness of those who have these resources to share them with those who don’t. That change of attitude is the key to the survival of all of us.

How Do I Find The Best Alternative Energy Solutions?

As time goes on, now more than ever before, the media is working on the viability of solar energy advantages. Perhaps you are looking for ways to be ecologically sensitive and save money at the same time. If you are annoyed at having to pay high electricity bills to a utility company which uses coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels available to produce energy, then take control of your future, and start generating your own electricity!

In contrast to coal, the cleanest sources of energy are solar power electricity and wind power electricity. These are both renewable sources and ecologically non invasive. But the question is, is one better than the other and which should you invest in? The truth of the matter is that in the current climate a combination of both might be the best answer.

Solar power is a great way to generate energy by collecting it in solar panels. This technology has been around for many years but recent changes have made the panels more durable and cheaper to produce which makes it an increasingly viable option. Solar hot water services use the sunlight to directly heat and circulate the water, and these have proven to be highly efficient. Solar energy has a proven track record here in Australia, and continue to be popular.

The advantages of wind energy are many and have been used for centuries, with modern wind turbines, instead of only pumping water or grinding grain, are also used to generate electricity. Some geographical locations have more wind than others, so the efficiency of this system, like solar will all depend on where you live. Also some may be put off by the fact that the set up costs for purchasing a wind turbine may be prohibitive.

However, you only need have a few basic skills and you may be able to make one yourself for a fraction of the cost. Take a look around, there are several good ebooks giving details of how to diy. The obvious difference is the same as many things, you pay more for labor than for the actual parts. Yes you will need to put some time into it but it will be worth it.

Both a wind turbine and solar panels have their advantages and combined give you more chances of producing your own green energy with at least one of them working well on a given day, giving some alternative energy solutions.

The best of both worlds: if it is overcast and cloudy most likely there will be strong winds to generate power for your home, and if there is no wind most time you will have enough sun for the solar panels to work. Having both methods gives you a balanced supply of solar power electricity and wind power electricity to take advantage of most weather conditions. With a set up like this you may be putting energy into the grid, and at the same time doing your bit to help preserve our environment for future generations.