Renewable and Green Energy: The Future
It’s not merely a bubble ballooning to burst soon, renewable energy is the way of the future. For sure,
renewable energy and ‘going green’ are the talk at the moment.
While that is the case, many people still don’t understand how important renewable energy is. Let’s get the gist
of what it really is, its importance and how it can be embraced for a better life and environment.
What is renewable and green energy?
To start with, almost all green energy sources are renewable. Green energy is that type of energy whose
production does not give off pollutants - if any, they are negligible - which can harm the environment. For
instance, green energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal, do not degrade the environment at any stage of
production, or even the by-products. When you use a wind turbine, for example, to generate electricity, energy
directly comes from wind. There are no by-products and waste produced.
On the other hand, fossils like oil and coal are expensive to produce; the drilling processes degrade the earth,
while many by-products - which are toxic to the environment and the life therein - are released during the refining
Importance of renewable and green energy
There are numerous benefits of using green energy. Initially, two fundamental benefits with regards to
protecting the environment come to mind. Green energy definitely is much more clean as there are no greenhouse
emissions associated with its production. If greenhouse emissions are reduced, global warming will reduce too,
thus, our planet will slowly replenish itself.
The other thing that comes to mind is that earth degradation is eliminated with renewable energy. In fact, we
shall have reliable energy security, rather than depending on foreign supplies, which themselves are facing
depletion due to increased demand.
Having said that, there are other long-term benefits of green energy beyond the obvious environmental
advantages. For instance, imagine how much you’d save in ten years if one-half of your home energy needs were
powered by solar. Of course you’ll dig a little deeper for the initial costs but a few years down the road, you’ll
have recovered it.
Renewable energy also benefits the economy as a whole. Since most of the investment in renewable energy is spent on equipment ,setup and maintenance, rather than
exorbitant imports, it means those energy dollars will remain home to create more jobs and spur the economy.
How to switch to green energy
Although initial costs for most green alternatives are somewhat on the high-end for some people, the good news
is that you can switch in smaller manageable increments, rather than making a change in one fell swoop. You can
install a few panels to power some sections of your home, or use passive solar.
If that’s still a toll call, start by changing to a green mind-set with your current situation, such as
minimising wastage of power. Some utilities provide options where you could specify a certain percentage of your
power supply to come from renewable sources.
It may take a while before we fully embrace green alternatives, nevertheless, green energy is not merely a
passing phase, it is the future.