The Future of Energy

By now most people have heard that we are running low on fossil fuels. If you have not heard about the condition of our supply of fossil fuels, which generates most of our energy, you have definitely seen the increase in the cost of energy. The most notable increase in the cost of energy is seen at the gas pumps. The price of gas is at an all-time high, fuel oil, diesel, and anything else that is petroleum based is also going up in cost. The cost of electricity is getting ever higher as well. The increase in the cost of energy also causes the cost of all consumer goods to go up, it is a vicious cycle that has the normal consumer trapped.

Many people believe that the answer to the rising cost of energy will be renewable energy sources such as wind, water, solar, and geothermal forms of energy. The world has been talking about switching to these energy sources for many years, it seems that just now people are getting serious about making the switch. Will switching now make a difference? Or have we waited too long to make the switch to renewable energy sources.

There is another thing to consider about switching to renewable energy sources. Although these types of energy sources can save the typical home owner hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year on the cost of energy they are expensive to get started. Whether you are talking about solar, wind, or Geo-thermal types of energy, the initial cost of getting a system large enough to run your entire home is staggering. The cost of these systems is dropping but they are still out of reach for many homeowners.

There is another problem with renewable energy sources. You have to choose the right one according to where you live. If you live in suburbia, surrounded by houses, buildings, and other obstructions you can rule out using a wind turbine. In order for a wind turbine to produce enough energy to run your home you must have a steady flow of unobstructed wind. For those that live in areas with a lot of cloudy days solar panels will not effectively run your home all year around. You will need to stay connected to the grid for those times when it is cloudy for days in a row. These are all things that need to be considered in the national conversation concerning energy for the future.

By Robert Miller