Oct 05, 2015

5 fun facts about renewable energy

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Are you currently well-educated on the popular topic of renewable energy? Though you may be som...

Are you currently well-educated on the popular topic of renewable energy? Though you may be somewhat familiar with the term, you may not fully understand the importance of clean energy, as well as its costs and benefits.

If you have taken some time to think about and research renewable energy, then you may be wondering why countries aren’t taking advantage of the renewable resources offered by the planets.

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The following facts about renewable energy aren’t only interesting, but they’re also important. Furthermore, these facts can help educate you on this topic, as well as bring awareness to the issue.

What are the main forms of renewable energy?

Currently, the main forms of renewable energy are solar, wind, hydro, biofuel and geothermal. Geothermal is a type of energy derived from heat generated under the earth’s surface. In addition to, all of these five sources are continually replenished.

Is renewable energy cheaper than fossil fuels?  

In some countries, yes, renewable energy is actually cheaper than fossil fuels. Renewable energy is a cheaper alternative in a variety of countries due to the fact that these countries have the ability to harness sources of energy that are prevalent to their location.

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Are renewable energy investments cost effective?

Yes, renewable energy investments are cost effective. In fact, the International Renewable Energy Agency recently released a policy brief that detailed how renewable energy has become the most cost-effective way to generate electricity for hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are not on the grid.

What is renewable energy?

Simply put, renewable energy is a form of clean energy that is provided by natural sources that are present in nature.

While the above five facts are equally important in regards to understanding renewable energy, there is still plenty more that can be learned.

For example, did you know that one wind turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 300 homes? Or what’s your take on greenhouse gasses? Renewable sources of energy (such as hydropower, wind and solar) do not directly emit greenhouse gasses. Scientists actually believe that greenhouse gasses are the culprits behind global warming.

Don’t be afraid to educate yourself on renewable energy — there is so much important information that should be learned, information that could eventually change (for the better) the way you choose to live your life.

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 [SOURCE: justgreencommunity.com]

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