Green Energy – It Is All Around Us

The earth has blessed us with an abundance of green energy, all we need to do is tap into it. This site shares a few of the popular green energies like solar and wind power, what we failed to mention is hydro power, bio energy, geothermal, tidal or wave and hydrogen fuel cells. Green energy is defined in Wikipedia as "sources of energy that are considered to be environmentally friendly and non-polluting". This is in true and rare form our new generation of energy. Fossil fuels in time will be exhausted or cost dearly to manufacture, not to mention the carbon foot print we have left for our children. 

    If you were to walk outside during the day and look around you would notice that green energy is all around us. Everywhere you look there is a source of untapped green energy. The most unique thing of all is it has always been there just patiently waiting for us to come to our senses. The sun shines every day, the wind blows frequently, the rivers flow all the time, the waves in the ocean crash on the shore like clockwork. None of these forces ever call in sick or just stop working, they are more constant than any other source of energy we have. They are not controlled by other countries and best of all they are free! 

    Green energy is the way of the future it is the only way we can save the earth for our future generations, it is the only way we can reverse the global warming. The government also sees a clear view of green energy you can view on their site here: they have it all broken down by programs. The government is also offering grants which can be viewed from the same page. Any way you look at it green energy is here to stay.

    So if green energy is so good and it is here to stay then why are we not embracing our future? Well, all you have to do is look at the economy and the shrinking that has happen since October 2007. In a shrinking economy one does not spend large amounts of capital on an investment like green energy. That would probably be the biggest problem with green energy is the initial capital that has to be spent to buy and install the equipment. Over time the investment will pay for itself but, right now it is cheaper for us to use our 120 year old addiction to fossil energy. So how do we break the habit? The government is offering rebates on green energy you can read the form here: to 30% off! With that in mind it makes the pain of the expenditure just a little more inviting.


Renewable Energy and Net Metering Laws

Have you ever wondered what net metering was? Net metering is the law in 42 states and DC. What is means is when connected to the energy grid, you have a two way meter. As you produce your own solar and wind energy, any unused portion of that energy is sent back to the grid, which is measured by the meter. The electric company must compensate you for any energy you "sell" back to them. Compensation varies from state to state. You could receive actual cash reimbursement or energy credits for times when you don't produce enough of your own power. As you can imagine, net metering is an excellent incentive for people who are considering the green alternative to their home energy consumption. However, if you are still unconvinced...

Have you done your taxes yet for 2008? Since the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a homeowner can claim 30% of qualified costs of solar panel installation up to a maximum of $2000.00 and a separate credit for investing in a solar water heating system (as long as it isn't to heat a pool or hot tub). There has never been a more judicious time to start thinking about solar, wind and other eco-friendly renewable energy sources for the homeowner.

President Obama's recent signing of the Economic Stimulus Plan bodes well for the future of residential green energy. Although a lot of corporate concessions toward energy conservation and green production are included in the bill, there are some notable provisions for individuals as well. Future tax credits have been secured for those choosing to utilize solar and wind energy improvements to their homes.

All of the above advances in recognizing the significance of "going green" are exceptional, even if they are inevitable. After all, we can't carry on consuming fossil fuels at the present rate. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will reduce carbon emissions by a substantial 200 million metric tons. If that doesn't bring a smile to your face, then what will?

Judy Collins


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