What Powers Our Homes?
What powers your home will depend on where you live in the world. That’s if you’re lucky enough to have power to your home; many people worldwide, especially in poorer countries, have no power at all.
We take a look at the range of sources which may be powering your home right now, and we some more sustainable sources of power which aren’t only environmentally friendly but could even save you some money.
Coal or Gas Fired Power Plants
Probably the most common type of power plant but also extremely resource intensive, this type of power plants also produces a lot of pollution and contributes heavily to global warming. Coal, Oil and Natural Gas make up the Earth’s list of natural and extremely finite resources. Their heavy reliance on them to produce power means we are using them up a lot faster than they are being formed and discovered.
Nuclear Power Plants
Nuclear plants generate electricity through a process called fission which means splitting microscopic elements and nuclei which is turn release large amounts of energy. They are becoming increasingly popular as it is a sustainable way of producing energy. Unfortunately the waste product of nuclear fission is radioactive material which is extremely dangerous to living things and the environment and must be disposed of carefully. The process is also very unstable of which an explosion or leak can be catastrophic.
Hydro Power Plants
These plants transfer the kinetic (moving) energy of water into electricity. Hydro plants are often situated on dams where fast moving water flows through and turns big turbines. They are also a lot more environmentally friendly and offer good employment opportunities as well as water for irrigation and farming, and even a place for fish farming and eco-tourism.
Solar Power Plants
Few and far between these plants are by far the most sustainable form of generating electricity. The way most of these plants work is by using lens and mirrors to concentrate high intensity light onto a surface which heats a moving fluid and generates power. Other plants use vast numbers of photovoltaic (PV) cells to produce electricity.
The beauty of PV Solar Panels is that the technology has been transferred to domestic use meaning that homeowners can run their own solar panels to generate electricity for their house very efficiently. This is further benefited by many governments offering schemes which allow you to sell unused electricity generated in this way back to the electricity board.
Evergreen PV are specialists in sustainable energy, supplying Kinve Solar Panels for the wholesale market.