5 fun facts about renewable energy
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.
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.
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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All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.