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Why You Should Switch to Green Electricity
It is undeniable to say that electricity contributes a lot to human productivity, comfort and safety. But did you know that whenever you plug an appliance into a power outlet, you are emitting a significant amount of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels and nuclear power? Gases that is detrimental to your health and your love ones? Imagine a whole community that watches TV at night, how many greenhouse gases do you inhale? Imagine the whole world. Going green in electric consumption is not just an “In” thing today. With the obvious harmful attributions of electricity consumption, the need to switch to green electricity has now become an obligation. That is if you are to save the environment and provide an inhabitable place for your children’s children.
Non-renewable sources will eventually deplete and it is not an exaggeration. Electricity costs will continue to go up as fossil fuels and other forms of energy that the country imports from foreign sources will soon become limited. Some analysts say that the most optimistic projection for fossil fuels will last no more than 100 years. Further, the quality and economy will become less and less along these years.
“If every American home replaced just one light bulb with Energy Star qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.”
What if you change all your light bulbs into Energy star qualified bulb? Imagine how much savings you can accumulate. A green bulb uses 75% less energy than non-green counterparts.
The government is also taking its equitable share in energy saving and green electricity. In an article written by Greenbiz.com entitled “Green Electricity: A Buyer’s Guide”, it states that:
“Some governmental jurisdictions now require that a specific percentage of the electricity purchased by their agencies must come from green sources. For example, in the United States, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires federal agencies to purchase 3 percent of their electricity from renewable sources beginning in fiscal year 2007, increasing to 7.5 percent in 2013.”
In order to sustain electricity all over the world, power generation must be replaced with renewable sources of energy. The most popular forms come from:
1. Wind turbines use consistent force of strong wind to generate electricity. Recommended average speed is 14mph. If you are residing in a windy location above 14mph then you are a good candidate for green electricity.
2. Solar panels use sun radiation to produce electricity through photovoltaic systems (PV) and solar thermal system. PV panels are used in locations where electric consumption is cheaper than using electrical wires or batteries. On the other hand, solar thermal system use energy of the sun to heat fluid and produce steam. The steam powers turbines and generators.
There are a lot others that you can research or inquire in the community or in the Internet. Some green mechanisms include geothermal plants, biomass resources e.g. agricultural, forestry, and food processing byproducts. Other conventional renewable sources of energy include natural gas, hydropower facilities, coal and nuclear oil.
Find out which renewable source of energy is most applicable to your home. Invest on these sources and reduce your electric bills by half in just a few months. The money you will invest will be hundred times multiplied to money that you will save over the next decades.