Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Benefits of Renewable Energy

By: Anthony Parker

With modern day concern that global warming is for real there is
an increasing demand by business and householders for
information on the renewable energy options that are available.
This review looks at the different types of renewable energy
options and advises on what may be the best for most peoples

Renewable energy can be described as a form of sustainable
energy that is a product of the earth's natural environment. Any
source of energy that can provide an ongoing flow and/or be
replaced by nature falls into the category of renewable energy.
Where as fossil fuels are in limited or finite supply, the
supply of renewable energy will never be totally exhausted. The
various sources of renewable energy include solar, wind, water,
biomass, wood waste, geothermal, photovoltaic, and solar thermal

Energy is such an essential requirement of our daily lives that
we all have to take it seriously. Energy is needed to provide
lighting, heating, air conditioning, cooking, transport and to
power all the technologies in the family home or business
premises. The benefits of renewable energy can make a real
contribution in most of these areas of energy usage.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of renewable energy is the
potential for it to provide clean sources of power generation
that is also affordable for both home owners and businesses.
Secondly, in the case of solar energy, the maintenance required
is low as cleaning of the panels is low cost and relatively
easy. Businesses benefit from a clean energy image that
renewable presents through its ability to reduce pollution and
have a positive effect on the environment. Home owners can
benefit from such renewable energy concepts as solar powered
lighting for walkways and solar covers on swimming pools.

While particularly in countries with strong sunlight, solar hot
water systems are great for a cleaner low cost water heating
system. Furthermore, in many areas of the world governments now
offer generous rebates for solar energy installations and power
generators will often agree to buy excess power from households
with their own solar electricity installations. The "benefits of
renewable energy" are real.

Many people considering a renewable energy installation may
wonder whether to choose solar or wind energy. In the case of
businesses, urban locations have a number of problems for wind

- Lack of wind speed

- Council or planning restrictions; and

- Buildings not designed to withstand the level of vibration
that wind turbines can cause.

- Suburban and inner city homes face similar problems with wind

- Government planning restrictions

- The unreliability of urban wind speeds and consistency; and

- Structural problems with attachment of wind turbines to a

As a result, solar energy through the use of solar panels would
be the best option for businesses and home owners alike.

As more people decide to take the initiative and do something to
contribute to a greener future, a home with green energy will become a big advantage
when selling. International surveys indicate that buyers will
pay up to a minimum of 5 per cent more for a home with
solar/renewable energy compared to a low energy assessment
rating. This is because energy pricing is becoming a real
consideration in all areas of construction. This is yet another
reason to consider the "benefits of renewable energy" option.

About the author:
I have a background in business as well as having worked for a
boss in various employment from politics to the civil service. I
am currently involved in a consultancy where I advise on
business start-ups in the renewable energy and building sectors.

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