For sceptics of green technologies, it can all sound like too much mumbo jumbo. Many question whether those energy-saving light bulbs really generate the same light as a higher wattage CFC light bulb.
Other people are beginning to understand that green technologies do actually help to reduce emissions, can produce cleaner energy sources suitable for home use, and that there can be considerable cost-savings to be made if the process of going green is done the smart way.
Solar Power All Day Long
Solar power can be generated through an array of solar panels on the roof of a property. This is despite the changeable conditions that most people in the UK experience with the indifferent weather we are all too familiar with. Solar panels can be positioned to maximise the energy generated in all types of conditions.
Power plants continue use coal, gas and nuclear materials to power their electricity producing installations. This process emits a lot of environmentally damaging carbon into the atmosphere. This has a cumulative effect on the planet and the environment over time, which we are all starting to experience with unusual weather conditions globally.
Green technologies like wind and solar power simply take the naturally occurring elements and utilise them to generate electricity. Wind turbines spin with the wind, creating electricity and PV cells in solar panels receive the sun's power and convert it.
These renewable sources of power are all extremely clean. They are also quite efficient which as much as 15% of the sun's power able to be converted to electricity, for instance, which surprisingly beats what nature is about to do with plant life. Score one for the green engineers there..
Money can be made from solar power in several different ways. The renewable energy cuts down the dependence on the national grid to supply electricity to the homes meaning that the utility bill is reduced. The price hikes of the UK energy companies have less impact too because with fewer units of electricity being taken from the grid to power the home, the price hikes hurt less.
As an incentive for home owners to adopt green renewable energy sources, the energy companies are responsible for paying a home owner for each unit of energy that is produced. This is called the Feed-in Tariff and it will last for at least the next 20 years. For many people, the longer-term financial rewards will more than compensate for the initial financial outlay.