The use of green energy besides benefiting the environment through decreased emission of greenhouse gases bring about many other hidden economic and social benefits. This form of energy improves human health and creates employment opportunities that, in turn, enable people to lead decent lifestyles. So, we all should make an effort to utilize wind, geothermal or even solar energy
1. Green energy jobs
Renewable energy is far much more labor intensive than conventional sources of energy and as such creates more job opportunities. That is why thousands of people are already working for companies that deal with renewable energy. Such people are involved in utility companies while others work for firms that manufacture parts for utilities, such as solar panels and wind turbines. If this form of energy were to be explored fully, authorities estimate that hundreds of thousands of new jobs will be required in ten years’ time to support the infrastructure.
2. Diversification of energy supplies
Green energy holds the key to over dependency of foreign energy sources for any particular country. Hydropower, for instance, can be a reliable source of locally produced energy that can be channeled directly into the power grid on any nation that imports power. The same applies to wind, geothermal and solar energy sources. The fact geothermal energy sources can be tapped and used to heat homes or even generate electricity means this renewable energy can be utilized all year long much to energy independence of the generating country.
3. Lowers healthcare costs
Water and air pollution resulting from the use of fossil fuels causes breathing problems, cancers, heart attacks and a host of other severe health issues. So, by replacing non-renewable energy sources with green ones, you will effectively clean up water and air quality thus improving the overall health of your loved ones. The improved health, in turn, lowers healthcare costs.
4. Individual energy independence
By adopting green power like solar energy right on or even beside your house, you will essentially attain individual energy independence. However, one of the most motivating benefits of having your own green energy source is, you will never experience power blackouts that are typical to utility power. So, during winter, when everyone is having a hard time keeping their homes warm during blackouts, you are simply using green power to keep cool.
5. Economic benefits
With solar panels install in your home besides giving you an unwavering supply of energy all the year round, you can go a step further and supply any excess energy to the national grid and help out someone who would otherwise resort to a non-renewable energy source. The utility company may even pay you adding to your sources of income. The taxes that local authorities also levy on green power projects add to the national revenue.
6. Save money
Once you construct and set up green energy sources, there are minimal, if any, running costs. Consequently, you get to save a lot of money that would ordinarily go to the utility companies. Eventually, the sources will pay for themselves. Make sure you hire the services of a qualified professional to ensure everything is done right.
With the above benefits of green energy, you have every reason to utilize it at a personal level. You should also take an active role in encouraging everyone in the community to adopt the same. The overall effect is a widespread utilization of renewable energy much to the benefit of the environment as well as society.