In 2013, we’re living in quite a juxtaposed world.
On one hand, we can’t live without our smart phones, gas-guzzling cars, and wealth of technological devices. On the other, we’re looking for ways to cut our carbon footprint and ‘go green’. These two conflicting worlds have led to a number of misconceptions about renewable sources of energy.
Are they really as environmentally friendly as they claim? Or are they just over-priced, and ineffective?
Here, we tackle five of these myths and misconceptions about green energy head on:
1. Solar and wind power isn’t powerful enough
The first misconception about renewable energy sources is that they’re simply not powerful enough for our day-to-day needs.
After relying on powerful fossil fuels for decades, many of us believe that its green counterparts can’t compete. The truth is, solar, wind and other renewable energy sources are just as capable of heating and lighting our homes as coal.
Not only that, our climate is always unpredictable. Many people are of the mindset that if the sun isn’t shining or the wind not blowing, they will be without power. This is, as you may have guessed, another of those common misconceptions about green energy.
2. Green energy is too expensive to get any ROI
We all know that getting solar panels fitted to our roofs aren’t cheap. However, that doesn’t mean they’re too costly to get any kind of ROI.
While you will have to pay the initial set up costs, you will recover these in time as well as cutting the costs of your bills. It is this misconception that puts many people off investing in renewable energy sources for the home.
It’s true that some types of energy may not be powerful enough right now, the potential there really is huge.
3. Wind turbines are ruining the landscape
Wind farms are, by anyone’s standards, pretty ugly. In fact, they certainly stand out on the landscape for all the wrong reasons. However, the myth that they are ruining our green fields is far from the truth.
More often than not, wind turbines and wind farms are located miles out at sea. This is because we can harness maximum power in this location. By locating them in areas such as this, they are not ruining farmland and greenery; or creating an eyesore on the skyline.
4. Electric cars are ugly and slow
The infamous G Whiz electric car is hardly the most attractive vehicle on the road. But the misconception that all ‘green’ cars are ugly is far from true.
Manufacturers are working hard on developing electric cars to rival their petrol counterparts. With new makes and models being released all the time, we needn’t feel silly driving around in an electric car.
The main problem with this mode of transport is a lack of charging points. Once this is sorted, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t think electric – especially with fuel prices rising all the time.
5. Renewable’s can never replace fossil fuels
The main misconception about green energy is that it can never replace the fossil fuels we are so used to using.
Sure, the use of fossil fuels is completely ingrained in everything we do. And while it would be naive to think we can make the switch overnight, there is no reason why we can’t being integrating renewable energy sources into modern life.
One way or another, we will run out of fossil fuels. We need something we can rely on, and green energy is the obvious answer. These misconceptions about renewable energy sources are holding many people back from making the switch.
But the truth is we can make the most of green energy. Our lust for technology and our desire to save the planet can work hand in hand. But only if we let it.
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