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What is renewable energy?
Unlike, fossil fuels which will become increasingly difficult and costly to process as time goes on, sources of renewable energy can be replenished constantly. There’s a wide variety of renewable sources including solar, wind, hydroelectric and tidal power, as well as biomass and geothermal energy.
Renewable sources are frequently linked to clean and green energy. However, there are slight differences between these energy types. Renewable sources are recyclable, while green energy comes from natural sources and clean energy, doesn’t release pollutants like carbon dioxide. Of course, there are crossovers between these energy types, although rather surprisingly, not all renewable sources are fully clean or green. For example, several hydroelectric sources can lead to deforestation and the damage of natural habitats.
The development of renewable energy
Sources of renewable energy are often seen as the future, especially when it comes to providing heating and hot water for homes. However, windmills and watermills were once, the primary source of renewable energy, and were reliant on wind and the movement of water to generate electricity. In certain climates, the sun can also be deemed as a renewable energy source, as it carries the ability to create fire, providing heat and light.
However, societies around the world have become increasingly dependent on fossil fuels, most notably coal and gas. With global temperatures rising at an unusual, rapid rate, it seems that the worldwide use of fossil fuels has caused a detrimental impact on the planet.
Similarly, to the UK, many countries around the world are committed to reaching net-zero by 2050. This has accelerated the expansion of renewable and green energy production. The outcome of these developments ranges from the improvement of domestic, efficiency measures, like placing solar panels on the top of houses, to large-scale operations, such as wind farms.
What are the advantages of renewable energy?
In theory, renewable energy sources provide an infinite supply of energy. Also, once homeowners get past the initial cost, they might be able to save money on their energy bills, allowing them to see a return on their investment.
Another significant benefit of renewable energy is the fact that are no greenhouse gases or other pollutants created during the process. This makes the air and water cleaner, as a result. As the sector continues to grow, an increasing number of jobs will be created, to develop and install renewable energy systems.
What are the disadvantages of renewable energy?
Unfortunately, some renewable energy sources are weather-dependent, so they don’t necessarily provide consistent reliability all year round. Solar panels are at their most efficient when the sun is shining at its brightest, while wind turbines need wind to generate energy. Therefore, in certain circumstances, fossil fuels are still needed to top up renewable energy sources.
While, some renewable sources, like hydropower and biomass, don’t suffer from the same supply problems, they can be harmful to the environment. Additionally, renewable resources, such as solar and wind farms, don’t always go down very well with the local communities.
Homeowners are still able to get a FREE boiler grant or insulation grant via the ECO scheme, which is still available to households that qualify. Warma UK are currently working throughout the UK helping privately owned and rented homes to improve home energy efficiency and save money on rising energy bills.
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