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Why is Using Solar Power Better Instead of Oil? The Benefits of "Going Green"
There are many advantages to using solar power.
The sun is the ultimate source of energy. It creates the climate
that moves the air and water that we use for wind and hydro power.
Even fossil fuels like coal and oil are byproducts of ancient plants
and sea-creatures that were nourished by the sun. With advances in
technology, our modern societies can slowly come to rely on abundant
solar energy as oil becomes too damaging and costly. So
using solar power better instead of oil?
The number one reason that solar power isn't common today
is because of the high initial investment. As much as people
want to help the environment, the price is simply not affordable
for many. Fortunately, advances in material science and semiconductor
manufacturing have reduced the cost of solar-generated electricity.
As an added benefit, those who choose to convert to solar power
will enjoy savings on their utility bills to help offset the
initial investment in "going green."
A huge advantage of solar power is that it is a clean and renewable
resource. By contrast, oil is a limited resource that has damaging
effects on the environment. Oil is a concentrated form of energy that
can provide instantaneous heat and work. However, it needs to be
extracted from the ground, transported long distances and then
refined into useful products such as home heating-oil and gasoline.
It causes pollution, damages the atmosphere and is becoming a scarce
In comparison, the future of solar energy seems bright. This
environmentally-friendly, pollution-free energy source can be used
to heat and power our homes, and of course, can also be used to grow
our food. Solar power does not emit harmful greenhouse gases, and
it's freely available and renewable. Each day when the sun comes up,
we have another opportunity to harness its energy.
Architects have been taking advantage of this free heat
for millennia. Passive solar collectors can be designed into buildings
to dramatically reduce energy consumption. Simple considerations in
design, such as south-facing windows, are easy, low-maintenance
techniques that brings the sun's energy into indoor environments.
Besides solar home heating,
residential homes can also use solar
Solar power shows promise as an alternative to oil. Improvements in
heat storage systems are still decades away from completely replacing
oil and gas furnaces. But for now, they can help reduce fuel consumption
by supplementing fuel-hungry furnaces.