Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is a form of energy that is derived from sources that cannot be depleted. These sources include solar and wind which are not only naturally occurring but also impossible to deplete through use. Tides, geothermal heat, rain and waves can be used to generate energy. Human and animal waste is also used to generate biogas which is a renewable and clean source of energy.


Who uses renewable energy?

This form of energy has a number of applications. It can be used for domestic purposes in residential areas where energy is required for heating,cooling, lighting and cooking. Use of this form of energy can enhance the home energy efficiency which is a requirement under the energy efficiency scheme in different states.

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Renewable energy can also be used for commercial purposes in office blocks and production lines to minimise the level of pollution in the environment as well as the costs of production. This form of energy can be used by virtually anyone.


Why do people use it?

With the rapid climatic changes, the agricultural sector, labour force and other different sectors are adversely affected. With the realisation that we are slowly destroying the world, more people are becoming conscious of different ways they could help stop or minimise the destruction. This occludes the use of renewable energy to power different activities. Other people use it due to the absence of other sources of energy in their area of operation or residence. In some cases this type of energy is used to minimise the costs of operation.


The use of renewable energy has created millions of jobs throughout the world. This means that greater adoption in different industries could help in the reduction of the unemployment levels in different regions. It also diversifies the energy sources reducing over dependence on a specific type of energy. Over dependence may lead to interruption of activities if the energy source gets depleted.


Benefits

One of the greatest benefits of renewable energy is that it eliminates the negative climatic and environmental effects brought about by non-renewable sources of energy including depletion of resources, emission of greenhouse gases and leaving gaping holes on earth. Renewable energy has minimal waste products during production and use and therefore does not contribute to global warming and climatic changes. For renewable energy, the maintenance is cheaper and less tedious compared to non-renwable sources of energy.


Disadvantages

It is challenging to generate enough energy to run a home, office block or a production line for a specific duration using renewable energy compared to non - renewable sources. This may call for heavy investment in equipment and human resources which may be capital intensive. This limits the number of people who can afford it. Since these energy relies on different weather elements, it implies that production of energy may be interrupted by changes in the weather.


There are different reasons why we should embrace it in our homes, offices and industries including to preserve the world for our future generations and to live a high quality life.