Green technology energy is simply energy which has been procured through the use of “green” technologies… but just what does the term ‘green technology’ mean, and how can we benefit from it? Well, let’s attack the former question first; green technology (also called ‘sustainable technology’) in the context of creating and using energy, is the type which can take usable energy from the environment which is renewable – such as through the use of solar power – as opposed to non-renewable resources such as the burning of fossil fuels. But on the other side of the coin, it also should have little or no impact upon the environment in return. Now, how can we benefit from it? Let’s see…
Using green technology, energy can be freely gotten from sources that are constantly being renewed. Again, using solar power as an example, after acquiring the means to extract it (purchasing or building photovoltaic cells, or “solar panels”), all of the energy then able to be consumed is completely free energy. You don’t have to pay for it, it’s all right there, given to you right from the source, freely, and is always perpetually being renewed. Sounds like “pie in the sky”?
Consider this… decades ago, when solar power had its first big boom of popularity, it was a feasible venture to jump into for those who were environmentally conscious and who wanted to stop paying electric companies, but it was quite a large investment indeed. Thousands were needed to spend upon large arrays of photovoltaic cells to be installed on a rooftop for collecting the sunlight and be turned into usable electricity. It was a sure-fire way to procure free energy and never have to pay electric companies again, but in order for such a large investment to eventually pay for itself, it took many years of use for that to happen. This was largely a ‘rich person only’ green technology. Energy conscious people of smaller wallet sizes had to think of other ways.
These days, with many developments in the field having been undertaken over the years, we now have solar panels that have energy outputs that greatly surpass those of the former years – and which production efficiency going up while production costs have gone down, it is now well within the reach of most people to use this green technology. Energy conscious people of all wallet sizes can now get into using solar power. Today, many even enjoy weekend projects building their own solar panels from inexpensive parts that are simply enough gotten, and build there own solar panel – a single one taking on about a third of the home’s appliances – a TV, air-conditioner and a desktop PC, for example. These days it’s much easier to reap the benefits of green technology and use free energy.