Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sustainable Energy, What Is It?

The changing climate is making us all wondering how we can be part of it. We see all the happenings in Copenhagen and wonder, What should I do?

Going on a protest march is not going to accomplish too much, we all have to take active steps in the right direction. So, sustainable energy sources has become very important. We cannot leave it all up to the delegates at Copenhagen, we have to act.

OK so now you want to know exactly what it means when they all talk about sustainable sources of energy as a way to help reduce our carbon dioxide footprint?  Well, in a nutshell, it means an energy source that won't run out, ever. 

We've heard that the supply of oil that we use for most of our energy needs, is dwindling.  We need to find a cleaner alternative that will last forever. 

Two of the most common, and promising, are solar power and wind power.

Solar power is generated by using panels that will absorb the sunlight and convert it into electricity.

Wind power uses wind turbines to gather the energy of the wind and convert that into electricity. 

Both of these sources show a lot of promise even for household use.  And both sources have their pros and cons.

Solar energy would work better in some areas than others.  Obviously any region that has extended periods of sunny days would be a good candidate for solar power.  The downside is that it won't generate any electricity when the sun goes down.

Wind power, on the other hand, can be used by many more regions.  There is virtually no where on Earth that doesn't get wind at some time.  The downside to this form of energy is that you need a wind turbine to generate electricity which can take up quite a bit of space.

The point is that even with today's technology there are still advances to be made in  sustainable energy sources.  But we have come far enough that it makes sense to start utilizing these sources right now.  We can save ourselves some money not to mention saving a little thing called Earth.

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Wind Power, Revised Edition: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business

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