Renewable energy is a hot topic these days. Many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and live more sustainably. You might have even considered using renewable energy in your home or business. The good news is that there are lots of choices when it comes to choosing a source of renewable energy. In this guide, we’ll go through each type of source and help you figure out which one might work best for you.
Renewable energy and non-renewable energy
The best way to determine whether a source of energy is renewable or non-renewable is to look at how much it can be used before it runs out. Renewable sources are those that are collected from natural resources and do not deplete over time, while non-renewable resources will eventually run out, like fossil fuels (oil, coal, etc.).
Why choose renewable energy?
As a global citizen, you’re probably concerned about the environment. You may be aware of the current climate change effects we are currently experiencing throughout the world. Renewable electricity sources like solar and wind are clean, and sustainable and help us reduce our carbon footprint by cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. In turn, this helps us reduce our harmful effects on the environment. Renewable energy is also reliable, affordable, and predictable—it’s available 24/7!
Where to start with renewable energy?
- Start at home: this is the easiest place to start using renewable energy. Many energy providers offer green energy in their tariffs so you can get the best deal for the best energy.
- Start in your business: Businesses benefit greatly from using renewable energy. This is because of how expensive it is to power your business, due to the size of the premises you are using. Using green energy can help make you save on your monthly bill, plus, it’s always best to get green energy to help future-proof your business.
Which renewable energy source is best for you?
If you want to know which renewable energy source is best for your home, ask yourself the following questions:
- What level of control do I want over my electricity usage and costs?
- Do I have enough space to accommodate solar panels or a wind turbine on my property?
- How does a wind turbine work? Wind turbines are designed to capture the energy from the wind, convert that energy into mechanical power and then convert that mechanical power into electrical power.
- How does a wind turbine generate electricity? When the wind blows over the blades of a wind turbine, it makes them spin around, just like when you blow on your pinwheel or fan. As they spin, they push a shaft inside which turns gears and transmits the power through wires to an electrical generator at ground level. This generator produces electricity that can be used immediately or stored in batteries for later use.
- How much electricity does a wind turbine generate? The amount of energy that can be generated depends on several factors: 1) where you’re located (easterly winds are stronger than westerly winds), 2) how fast the winds are blowing (stronger winds will produce more electricity), 3) how tall your turbine is (taller turbines catch more air), 4) what type of blades you have installed (blades with wider angles pass through more air than ones with narrower angles). All told, though it varies across regions and different types of turbines themselves, most modern utility-scale wind farms can produce between 30 and 60 megawatts per hour—that’s enough to supply about 15 households with their daily needs!
Solar panels are a great way to make your home more energy-efficient. They produce clean, renewable electricity and don’t emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electrical energy. They’re made up of solar cells that generate an electric current when exposed to light from the sun or other sources like artificial lighting or indoor lamps.
The amount of electricity produced by solar panels depends on how much sunlight they receive during the day, which varies depending on where you live and how much cloud cover there is that day (partly cloudy skies typically produce less electricity than clear skies, but despite our reputation, you can still generate power from solar panels in the UK).
Solar panels take up space—they have to be mounted somewhere so that they’ll get enough light throughout each day—but depending on their size relative to your house’s footprint, they could actually consume less land area than an equivalent system using fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas.
Hydropower and wind turbines
Using hydropower, the gravity potential energy of water is converted into kinetic energy that drives a turbine, generating electricity. Hydro Power plants can be used both for peaking power and base load capacity.
Hydroelectric power plants require large amounts of land relative to other renewable sources, but they do not require the water-flow rates necessary for large-scale commercial production. Hydropower produces no greenhouse gases during its operation nor does it produce other toxic chemicals such as mercury or nitrogen oxides that must be captured and disposed of at great cost.
Geothermal power is a renewable source of energy that can be used for heating and cooling homes, generating electricity, or providing hot water. It is also a clean and reliable source of energy that doesn’t produce greenhouse gases or other harmful emissions.
Geothermal power plants use geothermal heat to generate electrical power by using steam from underground wells to turn the blades of turbines. This produces electricity just like coal, natural gas or nuclear plants do today—but without any emissions at all!
There are lots of choices when it comes to choosing a source of renewable energy.
Here are some things to consider:
- Renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydroelectric power are clean and reliable.
- Fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas are nonrenewable sources that pollute the environment. They do not have a limitless supply and contribute to global warming. However, fossil fuel use is declining as more people switch to cleaner energy sources such as solar power or wind turbines.
There are lots of choices when it comes to choosing a source of renewable energy. We hope that we have helped you understand the different types of renewable energy available for you to use. There is no clear cut about which renewable energy source is best, but luckily, most energy suppliers offer energy plans that use green energy. Similarly, most companies also offer solar panels to help you save money and the environment. If you’d like to read about green energy used in businesses, read about it here.