Growing up in the 80s and 90s in Canada, I experienced first hand how environmental consciousness was starting to catch on. We saw our first blue boxes (curb side recycling bins) in the late 80s. The schools were also really focused on education about the ozone layer, acid rain, and global warming. I even did a project on hydrogen as a fuel for cars. Environmental consciousness was really engrained into our minds.
The first hydro power plant in the United States was introduced in 1882. It was placed in Wisconsin. Most people do not realize that a great deal of the early electricity and power in the United States once came from such hydropower plants. In 1940 approximately half of the electricity used came from this source. Later it was replaced by the use of coal.
In many countries tax breaks or credits are available for those who install sustainable energy electricity generation equipment. In the USA, the government and IRS have issued tax breaks or credits for DIY home solar panels for years as an incentive to reduce bulk energy consumption and focus people on power supplier sources. No doubt these incentives will increase as the need to move away from carbon intensive forms of electricity generation increase.
The sun warming areas of the planet differently causes air masses to move as wind. And it’s the sun’s energy that evaporates the water that eventually falls as rain the fill the rivers and streams from which we harness hydropower.
In order to meet this demand, we will have to focus on research and then development of energy technologies that are not only sustainable, but profitable.
Wind power, on the other hand, can be used by many more regions. There is virtually no where on Earth that doesn’t get wind at some time. The downside to this form of energy is that you need a wind turbine to generate electricity which can take up quite a bit of space.
Eventually, our finite resources of coal and oil are going to run out. It might not happen in our generation, but what about out grandchildren’s generation? Starting to make sustainable choices now will ensure that the transition from coal and oil to solar power is as smooth as possible. Your family will no longer be controlled by the fluctuations of the oil industry. Homemade Energy’s techniques will be used in the future by many people. Save money, help the environment, and get a head start on the energy techniques of the future by using Homemade Energy.