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Green Energy
Energy that is generated from renewable resources, converted, stored, distributed and consumed in a sustainable manner is often referred to as 'renewable energy', 'sustainable energy', or 'green energy'.

Energy Consumption

The average residential household consumes about 5000-10,000 kWh of electricity per year, which is used for everything from lighting, cooking, heating, laundering, cooling, refrigeration and freezing, to entertainment and work. Much of the electricity in the US today is produced from non-renewable resources however, such as fossil fuels. Fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane and kerosene are also burned directly for purposes such as cooking, space and water heating, while oil is used to produce petroleum products. Biomass such as wood and coal are also burned for use in cooking, space and water heating, while waste is burned and either wasted or used to produce electricity.

Effects Of Non-Renewable Energy Sources

The more we produce and consume energy from non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels (i.e., coal, oil or petroleum and natural gas), the more we deplete the earth of its resources and increase our global ecological footprint by contributing to pollution, greenhouse gases, global climate change and global warming. As we continue to deplete the earth of its natural resources, available supply is reduced, while the total population and demand for more resources continues to rise. This inevitably causes a corresponding increase in the environmental and financial costs of the traditional means of energy production, conversion, storage and distribution. If this cycle continues, the earth will eventually be depleted of its natural resources entirely.

Green Energy Alternatives

Energy used to provide the necessities and ammenities of today need not involve the typical non-renewable, unsustainable methods of today. Nor must we pay for our dependence on and thereby subjection to man for our energy needs. After all, once you get past the middlemen, the true supplier of all natural resources and everything we need to survive and live comfortably, has always been nature. We therefore have the choice to bypass the middlemen, by using sustainable methods to obtain what we need directly from nature to provide our own green energy. Energy conservation and the use of renewable, sustainable, green energy sources, can provide for all of our everyday energy needs, while simultaneously helping us to reduce energy consumption, reduce our ecological footprint, save money, increase self-sufficiency and energy independence.
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