What You Should Know about Renewable Energy

go green todayMore and more often, government officials are urging people to switch their homes and vehicles to a more renewable form of energy. This is not simply the responsibility of government programs or large companies; even a small business or single homeowner can make the property more energy efficient, saving the environment some serious blows.

There are so many different forms of clean energies that people all over the world are adopting, and you can use for your small business or property. Don’t worry about them all right away; choose which will be best for whatever your particular needs and wants for renewable energy are, and continue to audit your energy use regularly to find opportunities to make more eco-friendly changes.

The Details

Here are some of the most commonly and widely used renewable energy sources being adopted today:


Geothermal energy is harnessed from right below our feet. It’s the ambient energies deep below the crust of the earth where the core of the earth has absorbed heat from the sun for millennia. You must dig deeply to find this form of renewable energy, but its power is great in magnitude.

Geothermal energy is generally used to heat things such as water and the pipes water runs through. Using it to heat pools, showers and dishwashers is ideal, whereas it’s not really useful in electrical applications such as running appliances.

The biggest drawback to geothermal energy is that it requires you to dig up large portions of your yard space and gardens. Large plots of land are required, making geothermal energy difficult to achieve for smaller households. It can also be expensive to apply, but the returns can be startling.


 By harnessing the almost constant kinetic power of wind, turbines can power almost any electric system. A wind turbine is used to turn rotors; generating force against a turbine to spark an electric current in the machine. It is usually more efficient than other methods of renewable energy, like solar panel technology, because it can convert more of its power directly to usable energy, most specifically in the case of vertical wind turbines.

However, turbines require more consistent maintenance compared to other forms of green energy, take up considerably more space, and are much noisier. They can also be a hazard to passing birds.


 The most popular and widespread solutions for a green home are solar panels. By arranging them on the roof of your home to most efficiently absorb the daily sunlight, you can power most household appliances and recharge adequately during the daylight hours. The most common variety of solar panels, called solar voltaic, excite electrons organized in specific patterns to generate electricity.

A single panel will not generate much usable energy, but an array of them can power most household needs. They are relatively cheap to purchase and install, making them a viable choice for anyone looking to go green. The obvious downside is that you won’t be able to generate any of this usable energy when the sun is not shining directly on the panels.

You Can Save The Environment

By using one or more of these clean, renewable energy sources, you can save the environment and a little out of your pocketbook, too, You’ll sleep soundly knowing you have done your part in helping to make the world at large a better place.