producing energy through fossil fuels
Green energy is any source of energy produced from natural sources, including wind, sun or water. There are many differences between green and traditional energy, which we’ll explore, below, but in general, green energy comes from clean burning renewable sources. By definition, the sources must be renewable meaning that they can be replaced, without causing environmental damage. There is a big difference between producing energy through fossil fuels and through green energy. Let’s take a look at how green energy compares to fossil fuels and how it can be used to power our homes, cars and lives.
One way we use fossil fuels to generate energy is by burning them in a power plant to create electricity. Fossil fuels like coal are found in large quantities around the world and can be easily sourced by companies that drill for and mine these natural resources. The downside to using fossil fuels is that they are eventually depleted and the smoke from burning them causes global warming. Another problem with using fossil fuels is that the exhaust from the power plants produces harmful greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and other pollutants, which contribute to climate change, so switching to green energy sources like solar power is a good long term solution.
environmental benefit of using green energy solutions
There is an alternative to fossil fuels and that is to burn them in a power plant, or in a kiln to create heat for the home or business. The downside to this is that it costs money to do this, but it does create a cleaner burning environment. Another environmental benefit of using green energy solutions is that using them also saves you money on your utility bills. If you use less power, you use less gas, oil and water which all costs money.
When you compare the cost of using fossil fuels with the cost of using green energy solutions, like solar power or geothermal heating, you can see that the long term savings are much greater. With the cost of oil and natural gas increasing, the overall cost of operating a home or business on these fuels is becoming higher. It’s also harder to find good, dependable and consistent supplies of these fossil fuels. On the other hand, the cost of green energy has been coming down steadily over the years and the technology to harness it has become cheaper, more readily available and more reliable. So the overall net positive of using renewable energy outweighs the cost.
geothermal energy more economically viable as well
One of the easiest green energy solutions to install is your own home made geothermal energy system. You can build one for under $200 and it will last for twenty or more years with no maintenance. What you use in your geothermal energy system is the heat from the earth stored below its surface. You can choose from many different fuels to heat your house. Some of the most popular include wood, coal, and peat.
Replacing your old conventional light bulbs with new energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs will not only save you money at the end of the month but will also make geothermal energy more economically viable as well. As the prices for these fuels like oil and natural gas continue to increase, your costs will be reflected in your electric bills. That means more money leaving your pocket and less going to the utility company. And you can even consider installing solar panels to generate electricity that can power all your electrical needs. All of these things together mean that you will soon be on your way to living a more environmentally friendly life.