As you can see the renewable resources are all around us. There are many benefits to using renewable resources. We know what they do and how we can use them. If we do not use them now, we could not have a choice later. The information we learned today will help us use energy more wisely.
EPA’s on-site producers list is topped by Kimberly-Clark Corp., which produces 176.5 million kWh through biomass. No. 2 on the list is the City of San Diego, which produces 69 million kWh through solar, biogas and hydropower.
Collecting the wind is another source of power. You will need a wind turbine – something that looks like the propeller of an airplane that sits on top of a tall tower that’s anywhere from fifty to 100 feet tall. The wind blows, making the blades of the turbine move and spin a shaft that runs from the hub of the turbine to the rotor of a generator. The generator spins and creates electricity (again, a direct current). The inverter turns that current into alternating current.
In order to do more than just barely survive, first we have to simplify our lives. We must learn to need and want less. We can learn to get our enjoyment and entertainment from lower cost or free sustainable sources. We live in a time of unbelievable over consumption of all kinds of goods, including expensive food from all over the world. We will need to rely on local products and local food sources. Part of the change that will be coming has to do with the transportation of goods across the world. We will see that slow way down and goods from far away will be extremely expensive. At least until new power sources are implemented that change the cost and environmental damage from worldwide transportation of goods.
Renewable energy resources also include the wind. Some days it blows a soft breeze. Other days it can be extremely harsh though. Windmills and turbines can be placed out in the open to be able to collect this type of energy. Some of them are very small to place in your own yard. Others are huge and are found on the open plains strategically placed.
Heck, we all do. Being able to see the Sierra in summer would be phenomenal here in the San Joaquin Valley. Currently, a thick haze blankets that view. I’d prefer cleaner air and an unabstructed look at the mountains naturalist John Muir routinely hiked in and thought of as beautiful.
This grant scheme is a good start, but will not cover the homeowner, on a small budget, who wants to do only part of the things needed at a time. A plan still needed, is one that is very attractive to all homeowners and is simple and easy to use. It should have grants for smaller projects, since any change for the better helps the environment.
Some homes are able to save on energy costs by sealing off the doors. You can buy these weather strip door seals online or at most home appliance stores. They can save you tons of energy and keep the bugs out too. You can buy environmentally friendly products as well as recycle to help conserve energy and create a more sustainable community.