In a world where the cost of living seems to take massive leaps year to year instead of steady increases, finding ways to make your life simpler and more efficient is high on most people’s priority lists.
The costs associated with running a home, business or recreational enterprise can be crippling. A wise person looks at ways to reduce these costs, therefore allowing hard earned funds to be put to better or different uses.
The market for sustainable energy options has grown and improved substantially of late. But what is available for you and what are your realistic available sustainable energy options?
Largely, it depends on where you are located. However, New Zealand is blessed with options. Wind, Hydro, Solar, Bio, and Marine energy options are plentiful. New Zealand has the added option of geo-thermal power – something that sets us apart from other countries.
Renewable energy comes from sources that are naturally replenished in a relatively short timeframe. Currently, New Zealand sources around 40-45% of its energy from renewable sources.
When looking at your sustainable energy options, make sure you look at each one in depth. Talk to providers. Talk to installers. Talk to people who already have the options you are interested in working for them.
Solar is a great option that you can use to complement your traditional power source – the electricity grid. Solar offers long term electricity price stability – this means that when every one panics about power increases you can switch your load to solar and carry on. We can harness the sun’s energy in several ways. Passive solar design is the use of solar radiation to heat our buildings. Buildings that have passive solar design make best use of the sun’s free warmth. Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels, generate electricity directly from sunlight.
New Zealand has one of the best wind resources in the world due to the windswept nature of our land. Wind energy is renewable, requires no fuel, and cheaper than any other form of new energy generation.
Because wind turbines generate electricity and are easy to remove, and they don’t produce greenhouse gas emissions, this makes wind power is one of the most environmentally friendly forms of electricity generation. Wind energy infrastructure is also fast to build.
The advantages of hydro power are huge. Unlike solar and wind, hydro is stable and continuous – which means you will always get the same input no matter what.
Water stored in dams can be turned into electricity in minutes – a process that gives off no greenhouse gases. Where enough water can be stored, hydroelectricity is reliable and consistent.
More than ever, having access to sustainable energy is a realistic option for many people. Instead of abusing the environment, sustainable (also called renewable) energy allows us to have the comforts we have grown accustomed to in our homes without the ongoing costs. One major advantage with the use of renewable energy is that as it is renewable, it will never run out. Even more importantly, renewable energy produces little or no waste products such as carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants, so has minimal impact on the environment.