The use of energy is something that we often take for granted. We turn on a light switch and we have electricity. We plug in our mobile phone when the battery is getting low to recharge it. Yet that use of energy comes at a cost. Not only are we paying for the use of it so we spend money, but we deplete resources that we won’t be able to get back again.

The use of renewable energy is a good idea as technology and the population continue to grow. These are resources that we will never run out of such as solar power and wind power. They don’t cause damage to the environment either so you can feel good when you use them and not worry so much about the cost or the environmental impact.

A new study finds that Australia could have zero emissions and 100% renewable energy by 2050.  Will it happen?  Read more here.
 


Making the Change

So many people are motivated to change to renewable energy, they just don’t know how to get started. It is a good idea to check out the laws and incentives where you reside. For example, in California there are plenty of incentives for setting up solar energy. You can get grants, supplements, and even tax rebates. In other areas, the use of wind energy is a great idea due to the abundance of windy days. Assessing your needs and the best resources to accomplish them is a good starting point.

Reduced Oil Dependency

Breaking the cycle of dependency on oil is important, and the use of renewable resources can help with this. With oil costs soaring per barrel it is a step in the right direction. There is also all of the controversy and political red tape involved with buying oil from foreign countries. Without the need to do so, we make our own country much stronger. We get the upper hand and control in a way that we didn’t have before. It also provides freedom of choice and opens up new opportunities for expanding natural resource use.

Technology

The role of effective technology can’t be overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency and renewable resources. Today, the growth of the use of such resources continues to be astronomical. At the same time, the cost involved with implementing them for a business or a home has drastically been slashed. Now it can be deemed as an affordable investment that will pay for itself in a very short period of time. Educating the public about the role of such technology is a vital step.

The Future

Less than 10 years ago, more than $7 billion was saved due to energy efficiency efforts. It is believed that by the end of 2015 that amount will be close to $20 million. That is a significant amount of money, and you have to consider the savings in terms of keeping the non-renewable resources we have. At the same time, the negative impact on the environment has been reduced too. Overall, energy efficiency and the reliance on renewable resources is a win/win situation for everyone!

 

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