One of the most promising sustainable energy sources is solar energy. Because of this many people are looking to supplement or replace their energy needs with solar panel systems. What they find when they go to buy solar panel is it can be a very expensive proposition.
China appears to realize it has a problem on the energy front. It has aggressively been looking into renewable energy. From hydropower projects like the Three Gorges Dam to solar and wind power, the country has taken an aggressive planning stance. Now comes news China will invest 5.8 BILLION dollars in alternative energy platforms. China is primarily focusing on wind and hydropower projects.
It is not difficult to construct your own solar panels and the bits and pieces are easily obtainable in even small towns. The same holds true for systems that will produce electricity from wind or water. The trick is to get a detailed plan from which to build your solar panels or other devices.
Self-sufficiency: To produce as much of the basic necessities of living from the time and space you can comfortably use. To use as much of the technology that is practical for the production of green energy and to reduce the use of energy.
There are more ways to make use of alternative energy than mentioned here. The forms mentioned here are very common today and are evolving. In the early days of solar energy the efficiency was poor but today it has improved dramatically. If you live inside the city area your options are limited to solar energy. The advantage with this energy source is that is very versatile. You can produce electricity and hot water.
One of the renewable energy sources that is really moving forward is known as biomass. This allows for common waste materials including wood, trash, crops, and even gases from landfills to be used to create energy. This is also going to reduce the amount of materials lying around in our landfills. Maybe one day the use of geothermal energy will be more plausible. Right now though it is complex, complicated, and expensive. The procedure for accessing it involves going into the core of the Earth more than 4,000 miles beneath the surface.
Don’t wash them so much. Washing machines consume huge amounts of water and energy, while utilizing harsh detergents and chemicals that do the environment no favors. Try to wash full loads less frequently, and line dry if possible. And avoid dry cleaning if you can.
Reducing energy vs. Health. It’s true that you can reduce your energy consumption and power bill by turning off the heater a bit more (or turning down the central heating) and by lowering the thermostat on your hot water cylinder. However, a warm home where the average room temperature is 15-20C is healthier to live in and helps the body fight off oodles of infections. Also, if your hot water cylinder temperature drops below 60C, it can become a breeding ground for horrible bacteria. Answer: only heat the rooms you need, insulate your house like anything and lag the hot water pipe. Also limit the amount of hot water you use.