The average amount of electricity used by a household in any given state varying from several hundred to as low as $50.
Because of this variance, some people wonder whether it’s viable for everyone to switch between solar power vs fossil fuels. If you don’t understand the debate, the difference might seem minimal.
Here is everything you need to know about the two types of energy.
While most of our homes and offices are based on fossil fuels, people are starting to debate the shortsighted nature of this decision. When residential equipment first hit the market, it was once too expensive and out of reach for most potential buyers. Anyone who wanted to really reduce their carbon footprint had to invest a lot of money to make that switch.
The people who made this decision paid much more for their equipment than anyone would now. That equipment was also far less efficient than what we have now and harder to maintain. With things becoming more mainstream and technology being able to do more, the tools are cheaper and more prevalent than ever before.
As it becomes more available, homeowners are wondering whether or not it’s a really viable fuel source. Thanks to the help of federal and local tax credits, it’s possible to afford the equipment by accepting a tax write-off. Even if the tax credit expires, as it’s set to in a few years, the cost of the equipment is going to continue to drop.
As fossil fuels become more scarce, there’s going to have to be a lot of careful legislation to keep prices low. Otherwise, they’ll skyrocket as the supply dwindles down. Oil, coal, and gas are requiring more digging and deeper excursions that are more treacherous for the environment.
When it comes to supplying, solar is a much better option.
While it might not seem possible, looking at today’s landscape, the concept of solar replacing fossil fuels is a possible reality. We have grown so used to fossil fuels that we have a tough time imagining the change from fossil fuels to renewables.
However, if we consider the ways that we could be replacing these sources, we find that the future is already here. People are driving around cities, speeding through the fast lane in electric cars, and self-driving cars are starting to become more feasible.
The only thing to worry about with electric cars or solar power is the level of efficiency. There’s no shortage of sunlight coming anytime soon. However, if it takes a day of charging to drive to work and home, you might not have what it takes to replace your car with an electric car yet.
You may have to adjust your habits.
Going solar requires the same kind of equipment. While we might leave lights on all day and all night or waste heat when we don’t need it, in a world with solar energy, we’ll need to remember to turn off our lights. Energy storage is our next big hurdle but once we can make small high-capacity batteries a reality, we should have no problem making the switch.
If you want to compare them side by side, solar might not appear to be better than fossil fuels on first glance. Solar power can’t be utilized at midnight when you might need a light bulb. But as mentioned above, smart storage solutions and high-efficiency batteries are just around the corner when it comes to technology.
In general, the sun is a free source of energy. Once you have the tools for collecting and storing energy, all you have to do is maintain your use rates so you don’t run out. The effort of turning sunlight into energy is going to much less complicated than, say, harvesting your own crude oil.
Harvesting sunlight is far better for the environment than digging for oil. In fact, you don’t need to disrupt anything, as the resource just comes to your doorstep.
If we want to keep getting fossil fuels, we’re going to have to dig more and dig deeper into the ground. We’re finding out that fracking and shale just aren’t the kind of resources we want them to be. They contaminate water, hurt wildlife, and disrupt the cleanliness of the air that we breathe.
While it’s harder to store, solar power is generally better for the world around us than fossil fuels are.
In order to get energy from fossil fuels, you need to burn them. That means that every time you burn them, you’re dealing with smoke and smog that’s created and fills the air. While there’s lots of conversation about the term “clean coal”, there really is no such thing.
Gas emissions and carbon dioxide are terrible for our quality of life. They’re bad for the environment and create the conditions that exacerbate global warming. By trapping heat under their dese clouds, they slowly make the earth warmer.
The health of every living creature depends on the cleanliness of the air. Even creatures who live underwater are impacted by the bad things that go into the air, end up in rainclouds, and pour down on them.
Solar energy has none of these aftereffects. The consequences of collecting energy from the sun are nonexistent. You either collect it or you don’t. Watch the patterns of energy trading on the stock for an idea on how this industry is growing.
Whether you agree with the points above or not, there’s a clear change coming to the way we live on this planet. Even if you’re not willing to pick a horse in the debate of solar power vs fossil fuels, there are plenty of reasons to pay attention.
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