Alternative energy is a popular term in today’s media. It seems no matter where your turn the word is being used as a solution to reduce greenhouse gases and stop global warming. But What is alternative energy and how can it produce power? Currently there are three widely used forms of alternate power being used by homeowners around the globe.
Solar power is a method that converts sunlight into usable electrical power. This power can be used to power lights in the home and even heavy appliances in some areas. Although solar kits are expensive to purchase they do pay for themselves after a short period of time, normally 5-7 years. Depending on your location you may be eligible for a solar tax rebate or tax credit. To offset the cost even further you may sell electricity back to the power company if you produce more then you need.
Wind power is created by using the force of the wind to turn a turbine generator,. Wind power generators have very few parts and are very simple to implement and install. The only drawback to this alternative energy source is the overall height of the towers can restrict its use in some areas. Before you purchase any wind generator you should always check local ordinances regarding their installation.
Hydro power is limited to the select few that live near a source of running water like a river or large stream. A hydro electric system uses small micro turbines that are placed in the water, these turbines start to turn when the water runs through there blades and produce electricity. Hydro power systems will run continuously 24 hours a day as long as the water keeps moving over them. These systems are also very inexpensive when compared to other alternative energy sources with the average price being around $3000.
Alternative energy is the wave of the future and continues to evolve everyday. The hope is that science discovers more alternative fuel sources so that fossil fuels can slowly be replaced with cleaner more efficient technologies.