The Pros and Cons of Green Power Energy

There are few people that have not thought about or wished they could switch to green power energy for their homes. It makes sense to stop and think about the pros and cons of green power energy as you research the advantages and disadvantages.  

First, think about the environment. Switching to green solar energy from a conventional power supply is a definite pro when you consider the environment. First the environmental pros are based around the effects on the earth. Humans are currently using a vast amount of the earth’s natural resources such as coal and gas as we live, work and run our lives. We depend heavily on the non-renewable fossil fuels that the earth has taken millions of years to deposit. Humans will not be able to replenish those natural resources. This fact alone has to be seen as a huge pro in shifting towards using solar energy.  

Solar energy is sourced from the sun. Because the sun will continue to radiate its energy for millions or billions of years, the radiation is considered a renewable resource. The sun is a powerful star in our solar system and the estimated life span of the sun is indefinite in human terms. Fuel reserves like coal and petroleum have an approximate depletion date of seventy years.  

There is a con when considering solar systems for your home. The con is the initial cost of buying and installing the solar energy system. Now that we have gotten the con out of the way let us get back to the pros. The savings that one can make using solar power are phenomenal. You can pay for the initial set up within years possibly with the money you will save. Depending on how much power your home uses, there can be no fuel bill to pay, or a very small amount to pay to your power company. Furthermore, if you generate more power than you use, the power company will pay you for the energy you supply back to them.  

When weighing the pros and cons of solar energy it is important to mention a few more of the downsides of this source of energy. There needs to be a big enough area for the solar panels to be installed so that there can be enough energy generated. If your home has a roof, you are all set, but an apartment dweller would not be able to install enough panels to create a solar energy system unless they were allowed to use the entire roof. Pollution and bad weather will affect the level of energy generated. There will be no energy produced at night, so some kind of backup power unit will be needed.   

Clearly then there are points that need to be taken into consideration when looking at solar energy. However, many of the cons can be mitigated and lessened with adequate planning and research into individual requirements. Overall, I feel that the pros outweigh the cons. 

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