Energized for the Future

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  2. May 15, 2013 8:58 pm

Energized for the Future

Just ten years ago, there were few renewable resources being put to wide use outside of solar and electric power. Even these methods of producing energy were in their infancy. Today, however, the choices in alternative fuels and energy sources has expanded considerably in both scope and sophistication. Solar panels now have the ability to provide a substantial amount of power for the home, cars are running on electricity and hydrogen, and the natural insulation of the earth is being harnessed to heat homes and businesses across the nation. All of these advances contribute to making the transition away from fossil fuels easier than it has ever been in the past.

The advances in alternative energies such as biomass fuels are enjoying widespread use for reasons that move beyond purely ecological concerns. Individuals and business are finally getting access to good information about just how efficient and cheap these energies are. The research is finally being done, and the results are more than compelling. For example, individuals using geothermal heating systems see reductions in their cost of maintaining internal temperatures by an average of 30 to 70 percent. The U.S. military is converting to hydrogen and hybrid vehicles on bases all across the United States. Wind farms are expanding from the plains of of the mid-western portion of the country and making their way to offshore locations along the coasts of the United States.

Every complaint or limitation that becomes a concern for alternative energies or fuels is being remedied in a matter of years, making it obvious that a complete revolution in how we produce and consume energy is just over the horizon. The widespread enthusiasm is also due to the amount of power that it puts back into the hands of the individual. Alcohol-based fuels, biofuels, and evermore efficient solar panels are allowing people to exist and thrive independently of large corporations and a severely outdated power grid. People have had options to pursue this endeavor before, but the effort was never as cost-efficient and socially acceptable as it is currently.

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