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Going Green-New Lifestyle


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Save the planet while reducing your electricity bills. Find out what you need to know here

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Going Green-New Lifestyle

  1. 1. ==== ====Alternative Energy Source ====The need for alternative energy sources is nothing new but in this present time, the need is urgenton a global level. People and governments are reeling from the impact of the startling rise inenergy costs and alarmed at the many dangers posed by environmental problems.Across history, we have seen change in the kinds of energies used. As early as the 1200s, peopleswapped wood for coal as deforestation occurred locally. 300 years later, societies then dependedon petroleum after depleting the supply of whale oil used to fuel lamps. In the early 1900s, corn-based ethanol oil supplied the demand for energy.When the world started to run on wheels and navigate the skies and seas, the need for fuelincreased, eventually drying up local oil wells. As a result, the US turned to importing oil to keeptransportation, industry, and domestic needs moving, eventually relying so heavily on foreign oilthat 58% of its supply is now imported.According to the latest statistics from the US government, global energy consumption is stillincreasing and by 2030, its expected that the world will require 700 quadrillion BTU in order tokeep running.Switch or Stay?Besides the depletion of our natural energy resources, across the globe, people are also feelingthe effects of the increasing cost of electricity and the rising cost of living expenses. On the homefront, this poses a dilemma, as family needs are a priority, and electricity certainly qualifies as abasic need.So what are the alternatives to providing the basics, yet still offer affordability?As a result, many people are seeing "green". The green movement is tapping alternative energysources instead of relying too much on utility companies for energy needs. Alternative sources ofenergy provide renewable sources for your electricity needs at the fraction of the cost of utility-supplied energy.The switch to alternative sources of energy will take time to put into action across the country butas the energy landscape changes, more homes and industries will be using alternative energy.likely triggering the decline of over-dependence on imported oil. This will be good for economiesdependent on expensive imported oil, like the United States.These are very good reasons for evaluating alternative energy sources NOW.
  2. 2. To get started, assess which alternative source of energy is best for your needs - solar,geothermal or wind energy options.Popular Forms of Alternative Energy SourcesSolar energy is a favorite renewable energy alternative for domestic energy. This option usesphotovoltaic technology to convert sunlight into electrical energy. Solar panels alone produce hotwater and steam. Combined, these technologies provide optimum energy to power homes. Solarenergy has very low levels of carbon dioxide emissions compared to gasoline emissions of thesame chemical compound that is partly to blame for climate change.For geothermal energy, the earths heat is tapped to supply energy needs. To trap this energy,holes are drilled deep to the level where a potential geothermal heat spot is present. The escapingsteam is directed into a turbine linked to a running generator, which converts steam to electricity.This is the preferred method for large industry and utility companies.The homeowner, however, need not dig so far to enjoy the benefits of geothermal energy. Thegeothermal heat pump uses the stable ground temperature a few hundred feet under the groundto provide you with heat and air conditioning. It can also provide you with hot water.Wind energy is converted to electricity with the use of wind turbines. Wind power produces aminimal 1.5 per cent of the worlds electricity. Currently, this is a popular alternative energy sourcein Denmark, Germany, Spain and Portugal.Choosing Your Alternative Energy SourceKeep in mind that it is not cheap to install solar panels or invest in geothermal or wind energy - itwill depend too on the volume of electricity you need to power your home - but the rewards lateron will last a lifetime. You may also be eligible for a federal tax credit, if youre a US resident, butmany governments around the world are offering incentives to residents to convert to renewableenergy sources.Talk to alternative energy merchants and ask them to help you make the transition from utilitysupplied energy to alternative energy source today.Explore more energy-saving options like solar energy and the benefits to this promising energysource at Are you ready to gogreen? Learn more about alternative energy and how you can decrease your dependence onfossil fuels at http://www.affordable-alternative-energy.comArticle Source:
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