You Can Support Alternative Energy Initiatives Through Electric Choice
Saving Our Planet Is the Thing to Do
Electrical choice has opened up new doors for people to carefully select how they receive their power, one of the largest factors in global pollution and environmental destruction. Taking a lesson from a hero of yesteryear, we will look at some of the renewable energy options available from the planet.
Yes, there are ways to produce electricity using the Earth itself. Geothermal plants tap into the vast amount of heat pent up under the surface of the planet. The heat is typically used to cause water to boil, releasing steam that drives the turbines in the plant. The inside of the planet is kept hot due to pressure, so geothermal plants are a viable electrical source for the long term. They are more difficult to create, mostly due to needing to tunnel miles into the crust of the planet.
The sun is essentially just a giant fireball in space, but on our world it provides light that can be transformed into electricity by solar panels. Once the light from the sun travels across the solar system, into the atmosphere, and strikes a panel, the material releases an electron and causes electrical flow. As the sun strikes roughly half the planet at any given time, it is a widespread power source. The main downside is that certain areas do not receive as much solar energy as others, which can have an impact on the viability of it as a primary power source. In the United States, this should not be an issue.
Changing pressure and temperature in the air causes it to move about the planet, generating wind. Windmills have tapped into this energy for centuries, using large fans to create rotational force. Since rotational force is the primary way we produce electricity, any area with high winds becomes a potential electrical farm. You can find many of them out on the plains and in the Southwest portion of the country.
Hydrogen dioxide is almost everywhere on the planet, and luckily for us it can be used to produce electricity. Water does not tend to sit in one place, being a liquid, so it flows and goes. When a dam with turbines is set up in its path, the water flow causes the turbines to turn, producing electricity.
While admittedly a bit of a stretch, a heart signifies life, and biomass fuel options are becoming more sophisticated with time and research. Biomass basically just means “a living thing that takes up space,” but it refers specifically to fuels like corn and wood. The list of potential sources of biomass power is actually quite large, and the impact on the environment is about the same as farming crops for food.
The Power (of Choice) Is Yours
While keeping our planet alive and healthy should be the primary goal in your choice, it is only reasonable to expect that you look for the least expensive option or at least one in a reasonable price range. You can look on websites like www.Electric.com for energy rates in your area.
Ruth Samuels is a financial advisor and an environmental health advocate. She blogs frequently and enjoys helping her readers save money.