With energy bills rocketing and the debate on climate change becoming even more intense, it is more crucial than ever that individuals, companies and organisations give serious consideration to generating their own power, and to taking measures to conserve energy and cut their energy needs. There are a number of different ways you can generate your own source of electricity, from solar to wind to hydro power Ė and more.
A Number Of Options
Itís a simple matter of choosing the method which is most appropriate to your area and budget, and going for it! Microgeneration is no longer an expensive and complicated process, and there are a number of easy ways to benefit from the increasing expertise in this field.
In addition to the established renewable energy technologies of solar power, wind power and hydro power a number of other options are now available for the average consumer or business. The exploitation of biomass (biological material that is living or until recently has been so) and geothermal energy are now within reach, giving consumers a much broader choice when planning energy independence.
Yet the future is not only about generating electricity: it's also about reducing the need to do so by implementing energy efficiency measures. In addition to this, technologies are emerging that will reduce our energy needs even further. Energy harvesting - also known as energy scavenging - promises to power small electrical devices using kinetic energy and related phenomena, at no cost to the user.
Though many are focusing on renewable energy as the future of electricity generation, conventional methods will still have a part to play for the time being. Emergency generators using fossil fuels (usually fuelled by petrol, gasoline, diesel, oil or gas) are now cheap enough for most households and companies to be able to afford them. Indeed, basic versions are now available for leisure use.
In the realm of national energy policy, more and more countries are attempting to cut their carbon emissions. Though renewable energy is the preferred option for this, nuclear power is being seen as a viable (if controversial) option, so it is important that this sector is understood and not just rejected out of hand.
The purpose of this site is to provide information on the various methods of generating energy given above, and to give indications as to how such methods may be implemented by homeowners, businesses or other organisations. In many countries (including the United Kingdom and the United States) grants are available to assist in the adoption of these technologies; electricitygeneration.co.uk will give information on these grants and other incentives in a directory of websites and organisations working in this field
With energy costs rising quicker and quicker thereís no excuse for delaying a move to generating your own electricity. Itís and excellent way to save money and ensure your energy supplies for years to come. Can you afford to leave your family or company without power?