Most of us have seen first hand the effects of burning coal, but when it comes to natural gas what you can’t see is what will kill you. Carbon Monoxide is the bi-product of natural gas, coal and wood. It is colorless, ordorless and very deadly. Nuclear Power has a bad reputation for a few reasons. Accidents like Chernobyl and Three Mile Island gave us an idea of just how bad it could be. Or did they? Although it is one of the more efficient ways to generate electricity it is also dangerous. It has a radioactive bi-product that can stay in the ground (if buried) for over a thousand years.
Luckily for Tom and Barbara, they had a stream running behind their property. The incline was steep enough that they could run a pipe of 2-4 inch diameter upstream, so that natural pressure could be created when the stream’s running water was forced through the pipe. The rest of Tom’s plan could be adapted using the stream’s running water, rather than an independent water source. The excess electrical energy from their hydropower unit was able to be diverted to a nearby water heater.
Consider solar water heaters to make your home more energy efficient. This works best in areas where the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing. Solar energy systems circulate water through solar heaters and then pump it into the house. Though you can use this system, it’s best to have a regular water heater for backup purposes, just in case there is a day with little sunlight or more water usage than normal.
If you have the qualification then applying for this job can be one of the best steps for you. There is actually a huge demand for the sustainable energy these days which has led to its growth.
Although people think alternative energy is ‘new’ it really is not. We have used this energy source long before we even knew electricity. Just think about drying your washed clothes outside in the sun. In fact, many of us still use this method to dry clothes and there is nothing wrong with this. Drying your clothes this way will save a lot of electricity!
Wind power, on the other hand, can be used by many more regions. There is virtually no where on Earth that doesn’t get wind at some time. The downside to this form of energy is that you need a wind turbine to generate electricity which can take up quite a bit of space.
When you decide to use alternative energy you accomplish more than only saving money you’re also helping to create a better world. The big reason not to use alternative energy is the price tag. The devices to convert the ‘free’ energy source are not cheap. You need to realize that you’re investing in your home. But after good calculations you will realize that you’ll be saving more than you’ll spend. Don’t forget to apply for tax credits or other benefits for investing in alternative energy.