Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Renewable Energy Solutions for the Energy Crisis

By Dale Green

Since the whole world is in the middle of an energy crisis, it's important for us to start learning about renewable energysolutions. The best part about them is they won't run out anytime soon. Plus, these are considered to be non-pollutants to our environment. Probably the most important part you're thinking about now is being able to save some money on bills. Hopefully the information we provide today will shed a little light on the subject.

When you use solar energy, it's considered to be a great way to heat your home and water. The way this works is with the use of a solar-thermal system. Your options range from low to high levels depending on what you want to use. Lower versions are specifically used for things like swimming pools to keep the water warm. If you choose medium levels then you'll be able to heat the water in your home or business. Then again, higher levels will allow you to heat the entire home.

Photovoltaics operate by collecting the sun's energy and then converts it to DC electricity, that then has to be converted to AC electricity to use in our houses. Since this type of systems stores the solar energy, you have plenty for the days of bad weather, when it can't collect as much energy from the sun.

If it's not solar energy, then you can take advantage of wind energy. Society has been using wind energy for years thanks to the advancement of windmills. However, most of today's wind energy comes from various turbines and generators. You can find several different versions, but the horizontal-axis wind turbine is the best out there.

You've probably come across a few images of these before that show extremely high towers with crazy looking blades. It runs on a generator, which eventually produces the energy. In order for this process to take place, all the turbines have to situate upwind.

Most importantly, you have to have enough wind in your area to utilize wind energy. You can figure this out by going online and checking your wind charts. If you don't see enough, then solar energy will be a better option.

When you begin to use renewable energies, you'll be helping yourself and the environment. Obviously we can't make you use either one these, but the feeling that you're doing your part is very gratifying. Plus, your finances will thank you for it as well.

The savings will be monumental, but the biggest benefit is that you'll be able to keep your home safe. Renewable energysolutions are here to stay and they won't be dissipating anytime soon. So do your part and help both you and the environment at the same time.

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