With the rising cost of fossil fuels and the effect they are having on the environment people have become more interested in alternative energy sources such as renewable energy technology. Renewable energy technology is a type of alternative energy that is considered green and focuses on energy that is replaced as it is being used, such as solar energy and wind energy. Alternative energy includes all renewable energy sources, but also includes things like nuclear power and energy from municipal waste. These forms of alternative energy are not considered green.
Today many home owners are turning to these renewable energy technologies to reduce the monthly utility bill. These technologies include solar energy panels and wind turbines. Solar energy panels are used to turn energy from the Sun into electricity that can be used to run various household appliances. Wind turbines use the wind power to drive generators which also provide electricity for the home.
These systems can be installed professionally or by the home owner. The ability of the home owner to install these systems has been greatly aided by amount of information that is available on the internet and from other sources. The components needed to build solar panels and wind turbines are also becoming less expensive and are easy to source. The home owner can save money by building and installing these systems themselves. Not only do they end up saving money on their electricity bill but also on the actual installation of the system.
Not only are renewable energy technologies being used by home owners to reduce the utility bill there are now solar-powered chargers for cell phones, batteries and small household appliances. Solar-powered technologies can even be seen on the side of highways to power lights and signs.
Many areas of the world are seeing the creation of huge wind farms. These wind farms contain hundreds of wind turbines that generate large amounts of electricity for nearby urban centers. There are a number of these wind farms located in the state of California that supply a significant amount of energy in the form of electricity. One such wind farm is located in the San Gorgonio Pass. This pass is one of the windiest places in California and is the gateway into the Coachella Valley. Some of the wind turbines in use are up to 160 feet in height.
Renewable energy technology is being put to use by governments, private industry and home owners. This is being done to reduce energy costs and minimize the effects on global warming. Likely this trend will continue as the cost of producing energy with fossil fuels increases and the effects of global warming becomes more apparent.