The world’s demand for energy will keep growing in the near future. But as time passes, renewable sources of energy such as hydroelectric, biomass, wind, and above all else — solar will replace fossil fuels in efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
When you think about it, alternative energy is an interesting concept. To our worldwide society, it simply means energy that is produced from sources other than our primary source of energy which are fossil fuels. The three kinds of fossil fuels that we have mostly depended on for our energy needs are coal, oil and natural gas. These fossil fuels help us from home heating and electricity to fuel for our vehicles and mass transportation. The main issue with fossil fuels is that they are non-renewable. Fossil fuels are formed by natural processes that take place over the time span of hundreds of millions of years deep underneath the Earth’s surface. This means that they are limited in supply and will be depleted one day.
Fossil fuels are currently still producing the majority of the world’s energy we use today. Even though people are well-aware of the environmental hazards of burning fossil fuels, the global community has been slow to adopt solar energy and other alternative power sources. Burning fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide, the number one greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. Burning fossil fuels is a major contribution to climate change, as the side effects of burning them results in the Earth being wrapped in a layer of greenhouse gases.
When this layer is changed even slightly, significant harm occurs to plant and animal species. According to the World Wildlife Fund, burning coal, oil and natural gas releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and excess CO2 emissions thicken the layer of greenhouse gases, trapping the heat inside and raising the earth’s global temperature. Today, we are highly dependent on this type of resources in our daily life. Around 80 percent of all our energy demand is covered by burning fossil fuels. But we are consuming too much and too fast. At the current consumption rate, it is estimated that fossil fuels will run out in less than 100 years.
Our economy is based on energy, and assumes energy is going to always be consistent, easily available and affordable. Maybe it’s time that we start looking up for our energy needs instead of looking down. Solar power has become increasingly cost effective and technologically efficient. As people begin to witness the effects of climate change and become more concerned about the health of the natural environment, they are seeking out different ways to power their homes. Renewable energies are a viable solution and immediately needed to substitute fossil fuel uses.
Shifting away from non-renewable fuels will also require us to strongly support this change.
So far we have already seen signs of fossil fuels doing more harm than good. Turning to renewables for new power generation is not only an environmentally conscious decision, it is also a smart economic one. The fossil fuel companies are aware how serious these problems are. But until our renewable energy sources become more viable as major energy providers, the only alternative for our global population is for these companies to continue tapping into the fossil fuel reserves to meet our energy needs.
The Sun is the perfect source of energy. It is non-polluting, efficient, and not a day goes by where we do not get sunshine. With the Sun comes an endless supply of solar power. The Sun also provides enough energy that can be stored for use long after the sun sets and even during extended cloudy periods. Not only does the use of renewable energy sources help reduce global carbon dioxide emissions, but they also add some much-needed flexibility to the energy resource by lessening our dependence on a limited supply of fossil fuels.
Essentially, these renewable energy sources create their own energy. The object is to capture and harness their power and convert it to electricity in the most effective and productive manner possible. There’s more than enough renewable energy sources to supply all of the world’s energy needs forever; however, the challenge is to develop the capability to effectively and economically capture, store and use the energy when needed.
The technology is pretty much ready for many business and consumer applications. Right here in Malaysia, the government will be making electricity bills cheaper for those who put solar panels on their roofs, plus maybe some income as well. How this is achieved is through feed-in tariffs. If you have solar panels on your roof, you can enter the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme, which allows companies and house owners to produce renewable energy from solar panels and other ‘green’ methods and sell it to the power companies for money. So, not only will you help the environment, you get to save cost and gain a little extra income. Make the switch to solar panels today.