The curfew has put everybody in confinement. We generate more domestic energy than usual. It’s high time we are aware of ways in which we can generate green energy during this lockdown.
1.What is Green Energy?
Green energy are energy derived from nature. It includes; sunlight, wind, rain, tides, plants, algae and geothermal heat. They are renewable, meaning they’re naturally replenished. However, fossil fuels are finite resources that take millions of years to develop and will continue to diminish with use.
Whether you have energy installed in your house or you are planning to install one. Ensure you contact the power station near you and inquire about sources of power available at their station and seek expert advice on which of the available options is more environmentally friendly, sustainable and affordable.
Ignorant is a disease and can lead to disaster. Your choice of energy is often a determinant of an healthy lifestyle. You might be using a poisonous source of energy in your homes unknowingly. Below are the types of Green energy:
1.Small scale hydropower
2.Solar power is simply the conversion of sun energy into a reusable energy. You can do this conviently by installing solar panels in and around your home. Solar energy is the best, cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, its uses, including generating electricity, providing light or a comfortable interior environment, and heating water for domestic, commercial, or industrial use.
3.Wind power : This is generated by using wind energy to generate mechanical or electrical energy. It comes by placing wind turbines in locations where there’s plenty of wind velocity, and they have to be up pretty high. If you are in a remote area, this is the best energy for you. Apart from blocking the view, there are no downsides or harmful effects to the environment. You can buy Single small turbines (below 100 kilowatts)for residential, agricultural, and small commercial and industrial use. . Similarly, small turbines can be used in hybrid energy systems with other distributed energy resources, such as microgrids powered by diesel generators, batteries, and photovoltaics.
4.Geothermal energy transfers heat from within the earth into energy. For you to use this as a source of energy supply, you need to be near an underground spot that has plenty of heat.
You have seen that all of these energy sources are natural and eco-friendly. They are also economical — saving you money in the long run.
If your energy company doesn’t use or offer any of these energy sources, then check if they have large hydropower or municipal solid waste.
Large hydropower(energy derived from water) is a clean source of fuel. It won’t harm the environment unlike fossil fuels, natural gas and coal.
Also, it’s powered by the sun , which makes it a renewable energy source. This kind of hydropower is not quite as eco-friendly as smaller ones, but it’s still a good source.
5.Biomass: I don’t know any method of reducing domestic waste that is effective as Biomass Any house waste that is burnable can be used as biomass. For example, wood chips and animal manure. Paper and so on. This is the best way to turn potential waste into energy. And it doesn’t produce sulphur or mercury and releases less nitrogen than coal. Converting wastes into energy reduces the amount that ends up in a landfill.
Municipal solid waste gathers local waste and converts it into energy through different kinds of processes, such as anaerobic digestion and combustion.
By keeping it local, you are reducing the need for trucks to travel outside of your area and emit carbon into the atmosphere.
All these options are vastly better than energy sources that are not environmentally friendly, such as:
Coal is very harmful to the man and his entire environment, since it produces metals that harm both the earth and our health. It’s a huge source of carbon dioxide, which is a poisonous, colourless gas which has high affinity with the haemoglobin of the blood –totally displacing oxygen and forming carboxyhaemoglobin, resulting to less oxygenation of the body and subsequent necrosis of the cells.
Oil is incredibly harmful to the environment. Whenever there is oil spillage, it kills wildlife and destroys natural habitats. Similarly, it also affects water if it goes deep enough into the soil.
Even though natural gas is slightly better than coal, it still contributes to air pollution in the form of sulphur and carbon dioxide. Also, it gives way to nitrogen oxides, which then turn into smog.
©Abdgofar Saheed adeymola, he is one of our content writer/editor.