Bringing Renewable Energy To Buildings: A Starter's Guide to Benefits and Pitfalls
New technologies are revolutionizing the world of energy.
The sight of a majestic wind turbine on the horizon can be an inspiring demonstration of our strides towards a cleaner future. But renewable energy takes many forms. Building owners can be much more than spectators.
Going Off-Grid: Is It Worth It? A Pictorial Exploration of Energy Self-Sufficiency
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen disruption on a scale few of us have seen in our lifetime. This may prompt many to think about how to be more self-sufficient during future upheavals.
Using my own household, this article illustrates the challenges involved in energy self-sufficiency. But this could easily apply to businesses, buildings, or industrial sites.
It can be daunting to think how big a task sits ahead of us in making our energy system truly sustainable.
It’s only in the rear-view mirror that we see how far we’ve truly come, and the last decade has seen huge progress.
What do I see as some of the biggest breakthroughs of the last ten years?
An energy revolution is underway. Small businesses are now taking control of their energy costs by producing energy on their own. There’s no need to play second fiddle to big energy companies and be completely tied to a growing monthly bill.
This energy revolution isn’t just about solar – businesses are also taking advantage of geothermal, biomass, hydro, wind, or waste to energy.
The energy industry is changing rapidly, opening up new opportunities for innovative small businesses.
Businesses that have previously only been passive consumers of energy can become prosumers – (generating some energy needs on their own - Megawatts). But many cost effective opportunities in clean energy come from first reducing energy consumption (Negawatts).
Which should you pursue first? Is one preferable to the other?