With our population on the rise, it is important that we have a source of energy for the next years to come. Over the years, we’ve relied on coal. Coal, according to experts, is the easiest way to harness energy. Unfortunately, this practice has a number of drawbacks. Drawbacks include thinning of the ozone layer, not to mention climate change. Climate change prompted a lot of environmental crusaders to inform governments that we are losing mother earth.
But what makes renewable and non-renewable energy different from each other? Here are things that you have to know.
There are different sources of non-renewable sources of energy. Nuclear, coal, gas and oil are some of the most common examples of non-renewable energy. According to experts, there is no such thing as clean non-renewable energy. All of these practices increase the damage that we leave behind on our planet.
But of course, let us also discuss its pros. Since it has been used over the years, what makes it so good? One of the reasons why a lot of countries rely on non-renewable sources of energy, most especially fossil fuel, is the fact that you get continuous supply of energy without relying on weather.
Unfortunately, fossil fuel is a finite source of energy. What are we going to do next once we ran out of fossil fuel? In fact, even experts do not have an idea just how much fossil fuel does the earth really have.
Carbon emission is also another concern when it comes to fossil fuel. However, nuclear energy doesn’t have this problem. Unfortunately, we all know what could happen when there’s a leak. We’ve seen what nuclear leak can do in Japan and in Chernobyl.
Renewable source of energy
A good way to save the environment is to make use of renewable energy. What are the most common options for renewable energy? Wind, water and solar power are among the most common options that you can go for. Wind turbines can generate energy and even provide power to an entire town. The downside of course, is when there’s no wind. Another great option is to rely on the ocean’s movement for energy. But of course, typhoons can dismantle this type of installation.
One of the more practical options is solar power. Solar power can be placed even in small devices. Today, there are homes that are completely powered by solar panels. It makes use of batteries that homes can also use at night.