Renewable energy is growing every day in the home use area. The technology has become better and the materials used to build it are becoming cheaper for the homeowners. With the availability of solar units, come different varieties and companies. This is confusing for many homeowners because it is still kind of a new thing technology as it is currently hitting the mainstream.

In the past home owners looking to purchase solar panels for the house, this means the larger units that are installed on top of their roofs, were really expensive 5 years ago. The price of these have dramatically dropped to around $10,000- $15,000 for the panels along with the installation cost. Many states in the United States provide tax breaks and incentives for the purchaser.

Smaller Units(Path Lights and Chargers)

Let’s look at the smaller units; the solar chargers and particularly the  outdoor lighting for home use that uses solar technology that are powers LED light bulbs. These little units are gaining traction and popularity amongst landscapers and gardeners.

So what are the advantages of using these little units for your backyard?

Really if there is one major big advantage, it’s the fact that you don’t have to worry about them when it is set up. Basically there is no wiring and you will spend zero dollars on electrical bill for these little units.

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During the daytime these little units will harvest the power of the sun and that is enough energy to light up the LED bulbs throughout night. The brightness of these bulbs is just perfect to light up your beautiful garden during the evenings.

You have to understand this is very efficient in terms of being environmental friendly because you are leaving a small footprint. The cost of these little units can range from five dollars uppers to $80, depending on the quality of the material and type of bulb.

Visit the following link to find a list of the best units involving solar paths lights and their detailed advantages.

Medium-size units

At many locations that sell home hardware, you will find many medium-size solar power units. The cost ranges from $25 upwards to thousand dollars. Many are used for powering their sheds or the cabin/cottage.

Occasionally these are okay for backup electricity in case of a blackout but understand these are not as powerful as backup generators. Just as long as these have a good amount of sunlight during the day these will be a lifesaver in case of an emergency. The ones that range in the $1000 price have the capability of powering boats, RVs and smaller homes. Many of these units are usually weatherproof so their durability is very robust.

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The slightly smaller medium-size units are very handy in our opinion because they are pretty portable and light. They can charge such items as large batteries that power ATVs, smaller vehicles such as motorcycles and water crafts. What is cool is that the technology in today’s medium size units has the capability of charging even on cloudy days.

Longevity

The warranty for solar panels units are very good as you will find some them will have a 25 year warranty( per panel) in the more expensive units that are in the $1000 range. Usually in the medium-size solar power units they will have 2 – 4 large panels. Also in this warranty includes a one year for the controller and inverter, which is the heart of the unit.

 

Okay let’s get the benefits of solar power. Why bring this up? Well United States is pushing $150 million in the following years to get away from the dependents of dirty and polluted energy. The main benefit that many people know is that solar power provides your own household with its own electricity. How much electricity? Well the biggest issue decade ago is not how much electricity he can produce but the cost as well.

Today the cost has dramatically dropped especially in the past two or three years. New technology has emerged and materials become more cheaply especially plastic and silicon. Now that solar systems are more affordable to the public and the efficiency of producing electricity increased, the popularity has boomed in America.

The best part of having your electricity is the lower electrical bill every month. Throw in the fact that the government has provided credits or tax credits to those who implement a solar system onto their rooftop.

The cost of such a solar system can range from $10,000-$20,000. This may seem a lot but you have to take into account that he will pay itself in 10 years and also with the help of the government depending on the state will cover some of the cost.

Another benefit is that these solar systems do not have any noise or produce any noise and best of all there is no air pollution. Nowadays many countries the West have been focused on the issues of pollution as well as global warming.

floods from global warning

The Obama administration has taken a stance with the leading scientist that predicts the negative impacts of the planet warming up. There has been test and models that have shown rising waters because of the melting of the Arctic at a alarming rate. New York City could be a victim of high waters in the next hundred years unless all levels of governments work together.

 

I love islands, especially tropical warm ones with beautiful beaches and palm trees.   Many of these islands are home to a diversity of living species and plants. The Galapagos Islands for instance, which has a total of 13 islands, is a pretty isolated island in the pacific with numerous animal-life including the famous giant and long living Galapagos Tortoises. The nearest landmass is the Country of Ecuador which is 1000 kilometers away.

Large Tortoises

The Galapagos for those living under a rock, is where the Great Darwin came up with the theory of Evolution. He study and monitored the area of the islands and stayed there for many years.  That was over a hundred and fifty years ago and the island itself is a hot tourist spot nowadays. With the influx of tourist, the airport began a revolution in its design back in 2011.

With a price tag of 40 million the airport runs entirely on solar and wind power. Incredible isn’t it? I say a huge yes to that being that it’s hundred percent green.

What is further incredible is that the airport use to host military units from planes to other aircraft during World War 2. The airport was only erected during that time for the military. Now with the new renovations, the Baltra airport has over 400,000 people that come pass through its doors.

In 2014 the airport received an award from the American Green Council for its achievements in its green energy design.

With the achievement, I hope this will be a model for many airports which have the same ecosystem.

Green or renewable energy refer to the energy obtained from natural resources such as sun, wind, biomass, low impact water facilities and geothermal sources among others. The increasing availability of the green/renewable energy has reduced the overdependence on non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuel. The adoption of renewable energy technologies is a common current trend that has spread to most parts around the world. There are a number of initiatives been developed to aid in promoting the adoption of green/renewable energy. Various certification and accreditation programs have been designed to aid most consumers get the best from green power. Non-renewable sources of energy continue depleting our natural resources and we must think of a time when this sources won’t be there anymore.

Green Energy Windmill

Human activities are increasingly overloading the atmosphere day in day out with harmful substances such as carbon (IV) oxide and other warming emissions. This has consequently resulted into increase in global warming. Though we mind so much on broadening our profits margins, we should also mind about the impacts of those hazardous emissions we release into the atmosphere on our future lives.

Benefits of renewable sources of energy

  • Renewable sources of energy aid reduce instances of global warming. Green power emits LITTLE to NO harmful emissions into the atmosphere and we should consider promoting it at all costs.
  • Renewable sources of energy helps improve environment quality and boost the general public health. Instead of using those unhealthy fossils that are linked to numerous health problems, we can utilize the safe and healthy renewable energy sources.
  • Renewable sources of energy offer reliable supply of energy unlike the non-renewable ones.
  • Renewable sources of energy aid in promoting job creation as it is labor-intensive unlike non-renewable ones that are highly mechanized.
  • Renewable sources of energy offer energy at stable and affordable prices. Close analysis of the prices of most non-renewable sources of energy indicate that their prices are highly unstable compared to renewable sources.
  • Renewable sources of energy provide reliable energy. Most coal, nuclear and natural gas power largely depend on huge amount water for purposes of cooling. During the times of drought, such sources become unavailable or are adversely affected posing a challenge to energy availability. We can mitigate such problems through relying and promoting renewable sources of energy.

Sources of green/renewable energy

The various renewable sources of energy include the following;

  1. Solar energy; this refer to the energy harnessed from the sun. It is collected, converted in a number of ways and stored for future use. Solar Power
  2. Hydroelectric power; this is the energy generated from potentially elevated water by utilizing the gravitational force. It is the widely used form of energy around the world.
  3. Geothermal energy; this refer to the energy left behind after the radioactive decay from the interior of the earth. It can provide a reliable source of energy.Geothermal
  4. Wind power; the varying temperatures in different places of the earth make air move from one place to another. The moving air or rather wind can be used to pump water or generate electricity.
  5. Biomass; plants too can be a reliable source of energy. Such energy harnessed from plants is termed as biomass.
  6. Fuel and hydrogen cells; this is another source of renewable energy that can be utilized. They are abundant in supply and can be greatly utilized to reduce overdependence on the non-renewable energy sources.
  7. Wave Energy; wave motion energy can e harnessed to yield a significant electric power.

Promoting the adoption of renewable energy is one way we can get assured of saving on the depletion of non-renewable sources and have hope for energy for tomorrow. It is beyond reasonable doubt that renewable sources of energy have high potential to meet our daily electric power needs and we have no better option than to adopt it.