In our homes, at our workplaces, and in our leisure, humans consume energy in every activity at alarming and around the clock pace. We have past the days of wind-up clocks and toys, foot-pedaled big wheels, and hand-cranked cars. Today, everything we operate comes fully loaded with all the ‘bells and whistles’, neon lights, and fancy remote functions. But at what price is this costing us, our environment, and our future. Alternative energy sources, also known as renewable energy, are energy sources produced from natural resources rather than fossil fuels or from the production of nuclear reaction. One of them is solar.
In relation to other renewable resources, such as wind, geothermal, tidal energy and arguably, nuclear power, solar power is the most scalable for small-power generation. While geothermal power can be used to heat and cool the home, solar power can do that and more, providing hot water, HVAC and electricity. Wind power is a very beneficial energy source but is still difficult to use in an urban environment due to the size of wind turbines. Other renewable energy sources simply do not apply to home energy production.
With the world's natural resources depleting rapidly, humans must find a way to compensate. This society has milked oil, coal, gasoline, lead, uranium, and many other of these reservoirs in our Earth for hundreds of years and much has been done. We all see the sun light every day, once you step outside on a hot day you feel its power and how destructive and life giving it is. Solar energy is the energy of the future. Since the sun's rays create so much for the wildlife that surrounds us, why can't it do the same for people? It can, and as many industries are finding out, will be around long after the other resources are gone.
Going solar should be viewed as a long-term investment. With no moving parts, solar systems are highly reliable. If a solar system designed with high efficiency solar panels can save you a few hundred dollars...