The benefits of switching to a green energy source – such as wind, solar or water power – for your sole or primary source of energy are numerous. Energy costs, including electricity and heating fuel, account for a large portion of the money it takes to maintain your home or business. These costs increase at rates much higher than the standard rate of inflation when using nonrenewable energy sources, with prices for fossil fuels being particularly volatile. This makes estimating your energy costs for the year difficult.
With green energy, your source of energy is consistent and renewable, and the costs associated with the energy are constant. Once you have switched, you’ll see enormous savings in your electric bill each month. You’ll also be reducing consumption of fossil fuels. Not only will it be a cinch to budget for energy costs because the prices won’t fluctuate weekly or monthly, but you’ll quickly discover many more reasons why you should turn to green energy.
- Expense of Oil. Oil is expensive, and prices for oil are increasing at a fast rate; this directly increases your gas and heating costs.
- Oil is in Limited Supply. Supplies of oil are being quickly depleted, which ensures that oil prices will continue to rise.
- Oil Spills are Damaging. Oil spills are disastrous for the environment; one spill can affect organisms and ecosystems for many miles.
- Fossil Fuels are Running Out. Along with oil, supplies of coal, gas and other sources of energy derived from fossil fuels are also limited, and they will eventually run out.
- Reduce Electricity Costs. When you are using means other than electricity as your sole or primary source of energy, then you are reducing your electric bill considerably each month.
- Reduce Greenhouse Gases. By reducing dependence on electricity and fossil fuels, the reduction in carbon dioxide output is enormous.
- Increase Clean Energy Investments. If more people would switch to sources of green energy, more investments would be made into producing and improving sources of green energy.
- Green Energy is Inexhaustible. Fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal are being depleted at vast levels each year. If we continue to consume fossil fuels at the current rate, shortages are inevitable, causing prices to skyrocket and potentially leaving you without enough energy.
- Stimulate Employment. As more homeowners switch to green energy sources, the need for people who can build and maintain the systems increases, adding jobs in a relatively new field.
- Enables Independence. When you have a source of green energy, you are not at the whim of a company that will raise prices, make restrictions, etc.
- No Conflict. With green energy, countries are not in conflict with each other over the availability of an energy source because the sources are widely available.
The Bottom Line
Switching to clean, green energy is great for the planet as well as your pocketbook. You’ll be reducing the amount of oil consumed, which will slow down the depletion of a limited resource. Green energy sources also do not produce greenhouse gases or negatively impact ecosystems. You’ll have a consistent, low-cost, high-efficiency source of energy, and you’ll be helping to stimulate the economy as well.