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When you care about the environment, you will want to find renewable or eco-friendly sources of electricity. In order to save the earth’s fossil fuels, scientists are working hard to find renewable ways to have electricity. Not only are these newer sources of power renewable, but also, these methods create less pollution, helping to protect the earth’s water, soil and groundwater. Here are four types of environmentally friendly sources of electrical power. Geothermal Sources To have geothermal-sourced power, you must live in a region where it is possible to access the natural heat from the interior of the earth. There are three varieties of geothermal power, including flash steam plants, dry steam plants and binary cycle power plants. These types of electrical power are sustainable and clean. The source of the heat for geothermal power is collected from shallow or deeper areas of the planet, depending on the natural resources in the geographic area. Wind Power While driving along a country road, you may notice fields that have numerous small windmills. These specialized metal devices are made to create electricity as the wind turns the blades on the windmills. Also known as wind turbines, these machines are a simple way for communities to have a greener source of electrical power for their commercial and residential properties. The use of wind power can reduce the cost of your electricity, and in addition, it will protect the environment. Solar Panels Solar panels are one of the most popular sources of eco-friendly electricity, and you can find these devices in most communities. A solar panel works by collecting the energy from the sun’s heat and light to create electrical power. Most solar panels are placed on the roofs of homes or businesses, but there also other ways to have solar panels. If you choose this type of renewable energy source, then make sure to speak with a professional electrician to help you understand how to use the electricity from solar panels in an efficient way. That way, you will know more about how to be responsible with its use. Hydropower With hydropower, it is possible to produce electricity to reduce the dependency on the fossil-fuel sourced electricity that is polluting the earth. Hydropower is created from the power of the water flowing over dams and through the rivers. The flowing water turns the blades of specialized machines in power plants located near the rivers and dams to create energy that is converted into electrical power. This is a renewable and clean source of electricity that is available in many geographic regions. In addition to using sustainable sources of power to have electricity, you can conserve energy by using modern electronic devices and appliances that are made according to the newest standards. By using less electricity, you are protecting the earth from additional pollutants.
RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeReducing electricity usage is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for your wallet. You can cut down on power use at home without going through any major lifestyle changes. Believe it or not, it is still possible to enjoy the comforts of a dishwasher and good lighting while paying less for utilities. Try these four tips for saving power and lowering monthly bills. Upgrade to Efficient Light Bulbs If you still use incandescent light bulbs, make the switch to LED light bulbs. The cost of LED light bulbs has significantly decreased over the past couple of years. LED bulbs emit an extremely minimal amount of heat and convert almost all of their electricity to light. Traditional incandescent bulbs waste most of the electricity, turning it into heat instead of light. LED bulbs will help to keep your home cooler in the summer since they emit less heat. Install Electrical Transfer Switches To save power and lower your electricity bill, install electrical transfer switches. These devices allow you to connect your home to an alternate source of power. Some companies, like Enercon Engineering Inc., know that they could be also used in conjunction with a solar panel array. They could also be used with a wind turbine or another renewable energy source too. You could use an electrical transfer switch with a backup generator too. Power-down Electronics Anything that is plugged in and has an indicator light or digital clock uses power. Some items will draw power while plugged in even if they do not have any lights. This is often referred to as "ghosting." Be sure to power down or completely unplug devices such as computer monitors, televisions, and DVD players when you are not using them. Skip the Drying Cycle Skip the hot dry cycle when using the dishwasher. Just opening the door of the dishwasher after the wash cycle is done will allow the dishes to quickly dry, with no power required. Consider reducing the amount of times you use your clothes dryer. Hang shirts and pants on a clothes rack or clothesline. Save the dryer for delicate items and linens that need the hot air for sanitary purposes. Each of these tips does not require much time or effort to employ. You could make one change at a time to get used to the idea of saving power and add in more tips as each one becomes a habit. After you do all four of these things, you can keep more of your hard-earned money instead of sending it to utility companies.