Renewable energy is relevant more now than ever, and people have a need to find more sustainable and renewable forms of powering our world. With some power sources, such as oil, running low or becoming a point of contention between countries, we are in a dire need for something that can sustain the human population without destroying our planet or draining it of resources. Fortunately, people have found ingenious and fruitful ways of generating electricity with earthly resources that will not become depleted in the long run.
As the name suggests, these energies are transmitted by sources that can be used over and over again. For instance, once we burn a fossil fuel, such as coal, we never get to use that same source ever again; therefore, it is a non-renewable energy source. On the other hand, solar power can be used over and over because the sun rises each morning. Other renewable energy sources like wind, tides, and water will not run out, but coal, oil, and other fossil fuels will. Armed with these reusable power sources, people in different societies have figured out how to put them to good use. Societies that live land near the coast are able to using the power of the tides to generate energy that can run their local area.
Solar panels can be installed in countries and cities that experience the most daylight throughout the year. They convert the sun’s rays into enough electricity to power a home. Some countries already reward citizens for using solar panels in their homes or businesses, and other incentives could really turn this into a mainstream source. The short-term benefits come quickly in the form of lower energy bills.
Another great source of renewable energy comes from the wind. There are some cities around the world that experience a nice sea breeze almost all year round. This is great news, because wind turbines are continuing to be produced more and more and at more economical prices. There is a downside, however. In some areas, residents have expressed concern about wind turbines and their effects on migrating bird populations. Moreover, some residents claim that the wind turbines are ugly, noisy and are a blot on the landscape.
At the end of the day, we need to really sit down, crunch the numbers, and communicate effectively in order to determine which forms of renewable power sources are pertinent to which locations. The truth is, there is bound to be a solution for just about every area of our planet. We need to educate the population about the effects of fossil fuels on the environment, our quality of life, and the safety of future humans.