Environmentally friendly electricity or green electricity is a hot topic in most places these days. With the high cost of fuel and the worry of our planet’s depleting resources, it is no wonder people everywhere want to go green. When fuels are burned, carbon dioxide the main gas responsible for climate change is released making power plants environmentally dangerous. The United States has a higher consumption of fuel than any other country with China being the lowest. To make matters worse, the United States buys most of it’s fuel and so we have the problem of relying on other countries to produce the large amount we consume. So we see having environmentally friendly electricity is a two-fold problem.
Where Does Electricity Come From
Power plants create electricity by burning fuels such as gas and coal. These fossil fuels for the most part come from other countries and will eventually be exhausted. Finding replacement fuel or energy is what environmentally friendly electricity is all about.
There are many types of renewable energy. This is energy that won’t be exhausted because Mother Nature replenishes it regularly. An example of this type of power would be wind power and solar energy. A large focus is seen, in companies searching for an alternative to gas and Coal. Wind turbines have developed over the years making them quieter and more dependable.
Besides wind power we also have solar power. Solar power works by turning sunlight into electricity. With today’s technology, solar power can work even on cloudy days. One down fall to solar energy is the cost. Some homeowners are able to take advantage of solar energy. Another way they do this is by using the sun’s energy to heat water on the roof before it is either further heated or stored. 14% of your electricity goes to heating water.
Today houses and buildings are being designed with the environment in mind to make maximum use of the sun. Today much of the energy we currently use heating, lighting and air conditioning our homes can be saved.
If you live near Perry County, you may have heard about bio-mass and the use of burning wood to provide electricity to homes in the area. This technique burns plant and plant based material and creates energy. It is thought that the carbon dioxide the plant uses during its life will offset the carbon dioxide released during burning.
Other types of energy that creates electricity are nuclear energy, with it’s own concerns, geothermal energy, hydropower, wave or tidal power, landfill gas and waste incineration. All these types of power have their drawbacks and so the search for an answer goes on.
What Can Homeowners Do To Save Electricity
There are many things we can do to save electricity. Turning off lights and lowering or raising our thermostats is all good options. We can purchase energy efficient appliances. In 1992 the Energy Star Program started to allow customers to see which appliances were more energy efficient. On average an appliance with the star will save 30% more in electricity. Washing machines alone are 60% more energy efficient than they were 20 years ago. They can save you up to $85 per year. Not only do they save on electricity but they can use up to 8 fewer gallons per load.
Older appliances and electrical systems are not as energy efficient as they are today. This is one of the benefits of getting new appliances or having new electricity installed. Many times you can get rebates for going green and having environmentally friendly electricity or appliances.
If you have any questions please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity at (859)746-9440 we will be happy to help you with all your electricity needs.