Solar power and wind energy are the future of the planet. With the growing awareness about climate change and the intense focus on environment-friendly approaches to just about everything in business and social life, the trend towards green energy solutions is only set to go higher in the years to come.
Wind power, which is the conversion of wind energy into other forms that can be put to a variety of uses through the action of wind turbines, has become a viable alternative to fossil fuels like petroleum products. Wind farms are cropping up in various parts of the world, and increasing in efficiency as technology grows apace with this rising demand for green solutions.
There's more at play, however, than a general consciousness about the planet and its ecosystem. There's the self interest driving demand, as people become aware of the cost savings that come from alternative energy sources. In addition to Government subsidies, the fact that deploying green energy solutions around the home for a variety of things like heating water, generating electricity with solar panels and even pre-cooling air-conditioner coolants can lower energy utility bill significantly enough to pay back home-owners many times over is a major reason for this becoming such an attractive deal.
You will find plenty of helpful information about solar energy and wind energy on sites like "Green Energy" and a search on Google, Yahoo or Bing throws up thousands of results with helpful information about solar power and wind energy.
Simple Yet Efficient
The good news for home owners is that most modifications are simple, easy and inexpensive to make. Solar panels have become simple enough to be self-installed by any handyman, without needing to contract a professional. Wind energy turbines are self-contained units that can be installed easily and start delivering power saving right away. Magazines like 'Home Power' have helpful guides and tutorials.
The process begins with a self evaluation of the household to identify areas of improvement. Things like the temperature inside the home, your comfort level at various temperatures, the energy consumption of your various utilities, the cost of your monthly energy bill and the adequacy of insulation of your building are all factors to be evaluated.
But by using simple tools and with adequate information at your fingertips, you can quickly evaluate your highest needs and figure out a plan to meet them through green energy sources.
A simple solar water heater can save a household around 1,500 kilowatt hours every year. That amount isn't significant enough to make a big difference while measuring energy consumption, but can have an impact on the bills you pay. A 3.6 power wind turbine can generate a little over 100 KWH per month, and combined with a solar electric system can meet a third of the average household's needs.
Solar hot water systems to keep the house warm, and a backup tankless electric water heater are a good combination to ensure that hot running water is always available for a family of four. Just by replacing an older system for water heating, you could generate energy savings of 25% to 50%
Incremental Improvement Will Create Opportunity
Solar power and wind energy technologies are steadily improving and growing cheaper too. Seized by the urgency and importance of fixing environmental pollution, most governments are offering sizable discounts, subsidies and creative financing plans based on incentives and tax breaks to encourage more home owners to adopt renewable energy systems.
And if you're an entrepreneur looking to tap into the potential advantages of entering a market that's set to explode, there's good news too as R&D is heavily subsidized by government and private grants, and a ready market exists for effective systems that meet environmental pollution norms. In no other industry is it easier to engineer breakthrough technology that you can flip to a ready buyer with deep pockets who is ready to roll it out to a mass market that's clamoring for more.
Solar power and wind energy solutions are good for the planet, good for consumers and good for business owners too. The future looks clean and green.
Flat Roofs For Solar Panels
A flat roof covers any building and is horizontal or nearly so. This is in contrast to a sloped roof which angles down the sides. A roof's slope is called the pitch. Low pitch roofs are flat roofs, when the slope of the angle increases. Metal sheets or other material used for a flat roof is called a membrane, and they waterproof the roof and keep it from seepage. Water can also be made to run off from a slight inclination.
Flat roofs also are used for garden sheds where water flows freely off the edge without gutters. Gutters direct water to parts of the ground meant to be soakaways. Flat roofs can also be designed to collect water in a pool for aesthetic purposes, or for rainwater buffering.