You can’t spend any amount of time by an ocean without noting the power of the coming and going of the tides. But what is the source of this tidal power? Where does the energy to move all that water come from?
On your appliance you will see the number of watts that each appliance uses. A washing machine creating its own hot water for example might 2000 watts. This is 2 kilowatts per hour.
It’s green yet reliable-You can’t run from it. Everyone’s pushing to find more green energy resources. And biomass is sitting there right under your nose. Take advantage of a green fuel source that has been time tested.
The fact that we have so many different types of renewable energy sources to choose from means we can use them to our benefit. In some locations it doesn’t make sense to rely upon certain types of them. Yet in other places it certainly doesn’t make sense not to incorporate such a fascinating opportunity. The type of renewable resource that most people are aware of is solar energy.
William Bailey took the idea of solar heated water and separated the water tank from the solar collector. William did this in California in 1909. Why was this significant? It kept the water warm during the night and that is the basis for solar water heaters today!
While hydropower seems like a slam dunk option as an energy platform, there are a few definite negatives. The initial cost of building a hydropower dam can be very large. Hundreds of millions of dollars can be required. Larger projects such as the Three Gorges dam run into the billions. These figures are staggering for smaller countries and even give pause to most first world ones. With the rising costs of fossil fuels, however, this is becoming less of an issue each and every day.
Heck, we all do. Being able to see the Sierra in summer would be phenomenal here in the San Joaquin Valley. Currently, a thick haze blankets that view. I’d prefer cleaner air and an unabstructed look at the mountains naturalist John Muir routinely hiked in and thought of as beautiful.
There are also many means of building and creating your own form of renewable energy, such as solar panels, wind generators, and micro hydropower. A lot of these can be done for little money, and help create energy on smaller scales.