What comes to mind when you think of “green energy”? A huge piece of glass on the roof of your house? An old windmill with wires strung into the house? Green energy may bring to mind an energy option that seems crude and inefficient. When you look at the latest green energy technology, you find it takes a lot of money to pay a professional to install a system in your home. Green energy does not need to be expensive or new to be able to use it.
A renewable energy source that is safe for the environment and does not emit harmful emissions is considered green energy. These energy sources include more than just wind or solar energy; they also include hydroelectric and geothermal power. Let us look at these sources of energy and why they are considered green energy.
Solar energy is still being developed; it is probably the most talked about form of green power. In the future, many believe we will be producing solar power with plastic wrap; the fact is they have developed a form of plastic wrap that will collect solar rays for producing power. Solar power is still not ready for widespread use and is considered too expensive and difficult to take care by the average person. In years to come solar power will prove to be a good option for alternative energy.
Wind power has been here for a long time. To most people energy is electric. Energy is the force that helps make electric or provides another service we need. In the past windmills were used for other tasks other than producing electric such as pumping water. The wind turbines today are very effective in providing power and do not require a lot of maintenance to keep them working well. A perfect place for these wind turbines to work well is in the wind belt, such as in Texas where they have the biggest wind farm in the country. It features miles of windmills to provide clean energy for Texas residents.
Geothermal power is harder to understand. The temperature underneath the ground stays the same, this knowledge can help us heat and cool our houses and businesses. We can harness this energy by using thermal rods to run this air into the home. You would never have to run an air conditioner or heater again. Volcanoes are buried underneath the ground in some areas. Steam and pressure is the result of volcanic activity and this produces energy. This type of energy can be harnessed and used all over the world.
Hydroelectric power may or may not be green depending on the circumstances. A small hydro plant is considered green, as it will not disturb the balance of nature, as they do not need to make changes to the water or the landscape to operate. A large plant on the other hand needs to create a large body of water by flooding an area in order to run the hydro plant. These are not considered green as they change the face of the land for years to come.
There are different forms of energy that are green and not used, as they were never developed. You will not need to pay as much money to the electric company if you have your own source of green power operating in your home. You can still stay connected to the light company and if your green power fails for any reason, you will still have power. This will help the earth stay cleaner in years to come.