Imagine a technology that could save you money, create jobs, and reduce global dependence on costly and environmentally taxing imported fuels. Now, imagine, a technology that could do all of these things while ensuring a future with cleaner air, safer water, and unlimited energy potential. This technology exists. Actually, multiple technologies like this exist – and they all fall under the “clean energy” umbrella. But what is clean energy?
What Is Clean Energy?
What Is Clean Energy?
First, what exactly is “clean energy?” Otherwise known as “renewable energy,” clean energy comes from natural sources or self-replenishing processes. Essentially, clean energy harnesses the power of natural elements – the sun, the wind, and weather patterns, for example – to create the kind of energy that keeps the world turning. Interestingly enough, while the term “renewable energy” might sound a bit newfangled, humans have been harnessing renewable energy sources for a long time. Think about how ancient sailors harnessed the wind to sail, for example, or how early man used the sun for warmth. But as the Earth’s population grows, humans have increasingly opted for cheap, fast, and environmentally damaging energy sources like coal or fracked gas. Clean energy offers an alternative to these harmful energy sources.
What Are Some Examples of “Dirty Energy?”
As mentioned above, humans often turn to “dirty” energy sources like coal, fracked gas, and oil. These resources are known as “nonrenewable” energy sources, because they are only available in finite amounts. In other words, they can run out. Nonrenewable energy sources are also often found only in certain parts of the world – like oil-rich countries, for example. For obvious reasons, these energy sources create inequality and take a toll on the Earth as we continue to expend our finite natural resources.
Why Is Renewable Energy Important?
Clean energy matters for a number of reasons. First, “dirty” or nonrenewable energy sources do eventually run out. This creates shortages and racks up energy prices for individuals worldwide. Sun and wind, on the other hand, never run out. By harnessing solar power and wind power, countries can improve their national security by reducing reliance on exports from fossil fuel-rich nations. Additionally, many nonrenewable energy sources are dangerous to both humans and the environment as a whole. Actions like oil drilling and fracking can cause earthquakes, worsen water pollution, and ultimately contribute to global warming.
How Can I Move Toward Renewable Energy?
Clean energy can feel intimidating as an individual. After all, how can one person combat the actions of a massive oil or coal company? But clean energy is more approachable than you think, and it starts with solar. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, “More energy from the sun falls on the Earth in one hour than is used by everyone in the world in one year.” In other words, the sun is an endless source of power. Solar energy systems don’t pollute the air, and they don’t produce greenhouse gases. Solar energy can also help reduce your immediate home costs, lowering your energy bills by reducing your reliance on electricity.
If you’re interested in clean energy, harnessing the sun’s energy for your home is a great place to start. Humans have been harnessing clean energy for thousands of years to grow crops and power enormous transport vessels. Now, it’s your turn.
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