Wind and Solar Power

May 17, 10 Wind and Solar Power
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by Larry Wood

Going back to the basics is the trend these days.  Many people are now aware of the many problems faced by the world, which includes pollution, depletion of natural resources, increasing population, and many others.  With so many problems to deal with, people don’t know where to start.  You don’t have to be a hero to help save the world and address its many problems.  Why not contribute in your own little way by using solar power and wind power?

Sunlight and air can be converted into energy though solar and wind power.  A solar power system collects sunlight which can directly heat homes or it can convert the heat into usable electricity and store them in batteries. Wind energy can also create usable electricity or the mechanical energy can also be used directly.

There are advantages of using solar and wind power.  After the initial expenses for the installation of the systems, you can enjoy free energy for many years.  Most of the power systems last for approximately twenty years and requires little maintenance.  As long as the systems are cleaned once in a while, it will surely work efficiently.  Solar and wind power are both pollution free and do not emit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.  Solar panels and wind turbines require little maintenance.  Some people are concerned about wasting land to install wind turbines but you can still use the land for planting crops and for grazing animals.

According to researchers, the efficiency of these systems relies on the environmental elements.  Germany and Japan are leading the way to the improvement of solar energy despite the fact that these countries get very little sunshine in a year.  On the other hand, wind turbines are too noisy and unsightly. Turbine blades create noise pollution and the huge structure can ruin any landscape.

To produce significant energy, you will need a lot of solar panels or reflectors and turbines.  Size is a vital consideration for producing the needed energy.  Have you ever been into remote areas?  You can use solar power and wind power to generate the needed electricity.  During daytime, you can depend on solar power to provide your electric needs and at night, you can use the wind turbines.

Solar power systems and wind turbines are not very difficult to install.  In fact, there are now DIY kits that can be readily purchased locally and in online stores.  You will just follow the guided instructions and get the necessary materials.  The systems can be installed over the weekend.

For those who live in the city, you can take advantage of the tax incentives, financial options, rebates, loans, and grants offered by the government.  That way, you can have the system installed at a very affordable cost.  In the case of wind turbines, you will need a lot of space.  There are now turbines that produce less or no noise at all which are excellent for homes with close neighbors.

The decision to use solar power or wind power is a matter of personal choice that is usually affected by certain factors like money (investment), space, and energy requirements.

Just imagine making a one-time investment and after that you can already enjoy unlimited and free supply of electricity.

Regular inspection can ensure that the systems are working efficiently.

Lastly, you need to check out the Energy Saving methods that can save the Earth and help me save money on my bills too.  I didn’t know that I can make my own solar panel that only costs me less than one thousand dollar.

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