Green Energy – It’s all around us. We can see it, feel it, touch it and even consume it. Sounds a little bizarre right? Well, it’s quite true but what exactly is it?
Primarily, I’m talking about the sun and the wind – sources of sustainable, clean, natural energy, more commonly known as green energy.
There are also 3 other sources of Green Energy in use today and these are in the form of tidal energy, biofuel and geothermal. However, the more common forms of green energy resources are solar and wind power and a green energy home will almost inevitably use these to help generate and sustain electricity.
Solar energy is very basically the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Solar cells convert sunlight directly into electricity and are used to power almost anything ranging from small calculators and watches, right up to huge satellites which orbit the earth. All TV and communications satellites are powered by solar energy using solar technology.
Wind energy is simply the conversion of wind energy into electricity. This is achieved by using a wind turbine. Wind Turbines are a great resource of natural energy and are often used in conjunction with solar panels or as an alternative to solar energy. The benefits and uses of Wind energy are such that wind is actually the fastest growing energy source worldwide.
These energy sources are generally natural, renewable and endless sources of energy used to generate thousands of hours worth of electricity and power for numerous uses all across the world. These forms of energy are much cleaner forms of energy since they produce far less pollutions than the traditional methods of generating electricity cause by the burning of fossil fuels.
On a very basic level, the electricity we currently use in our homes is mostly generated at a power station. This is basically done by using large electromechanical generators which are driven by heat engines fueled by burning fossil fuels such as natural gas or coal. This method pollutes the earth by emitting carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions into the earths atmosphere.
We can all easily achieve a green energy home and make a big difference to the environment. By building and installing Solar Panels and Wind Turbines, you can harness the power of nature and provide your home with an almost limitless supply of renewable and sustainable clean, green energy.