When powering our homes or offices, cleaner energy options are definitely the better ones. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of confusion making rounds that reflect badly on renewable energy use and practices. We’re here to review the most common ones and set the record straight.
Myth #1: Renewable energy is more expensive than conventional energy sources
The price for renewable energy has decreased substantially since the 2010s, regardless of its source, whether it’s solar energy, geothermal energy, hydro energy, or wind energy. With all the advancements in our technology, prices for renewable energy are bound to be as cost effective as traditional energy sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas, if not cheaper.
Conclusion: Renewable energy can be priced just as competitively as traditional energy sources.
Myth #2: Renewable energy isn’t reliable 24/7
This is false because there are renewable energy sources that can be utilized 24/7, such as geothermal energy, hydro energy, and biomass.
It is fact that solar panels currently do not work at night, and that wind turbines are less effective without wind. However, scientists and engineers are quickly finding ways to make solar panels and turbines that are more sensitive and effective even at less-ideal situations.
There’s also the option to store harvested energy into batteries, and our storage technologies are only getting better with each passing year.
Conclusion: There are renewable energy sources that work 24/7. Solar energy and wind energy capacities are currently being improved. And batteries are used to store energy for later use anyway.
Myth #3: Switching to renewable energy means lowering your quality of life
Not at all true. Although energy conservation practices results from people doing actions that minimize their energy use, there are ways where we everyone can be energy efficient. For starters, people can opt for appliances that have inverted engine, like air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators. There are also light bulbs that are more energy efficient than the conventional ones. And investments like solar panels and energy monitoring systems will do wonders in keeping your electric bill at a minimum while still fully enjoying the comforts of your home.
Conclusion: Energy efficiency practices allows you to maintain your quality of life while keeping energy use to a minimum.
Myth # 4: Small businesses are better off with conventional energy sources
It’s paramount for small businesses to save on operational costs, and opting for renewable energy sources will achieve just that. In many countries in fact, Governments provide incentives and subsidies to companies that adopt green measures. Moreover, being tagged as an organization that’s socially responsible is never a bad thing.
Conclusion: Small businesses are much better off with greener options for energy by way of sustainability and government incentives.