- Jul 17, 2017
- Reaction score
- Zone 6B or 7 can't decide
I usually don't post much tech stuff on here because I already know most people are not technology geeks like I am. But if this technology can be developed and made into a consumable product, it will be a game changer. That's why I said I estimate that solar will be affordable and practical enough for the masses in 10 to 20 years. If someone could figure out how to harness and store even a fraction of the electricity produced in a bolt of lightening it would also be a game changer.the best thing to do currently is to encourage your utility to invest in larger scale projects like wind, solar and battery storage or other forms of energy storage systems (pumped air, molten salt, large battery banks, etc.). these are much more practical and can be done by them for not much $ in comparison to what you would pay yourself for similar. plus they can take advantage of the changing technology and improvements each year as they happen for new projects while you are stuck with sunken costs in your own system.
to me having clean energy generation is more important than a personal solar supply. as long as i have a source of heat in the winter i don't need much electricity every day if there is a storm so having a backup generator is an unneeded expense. yes, it would be nice to have a generator, but it's not worth that $ to me to have it as we don't have power outages much any more.
like has been said, replacing power hog devices with more efficient ones is a good way to help things out too. LED lighting, replacing old computers with newer more efficient ones, replacing an old refridgerator with a newer one (the power company here gave us a $50 rebate for doing it too), better insulation, caulking up and foam sealing cracks if you can, keeping the thermostat turned down or using zone heating, wearing a few more clothes, using fans instead of AC, furnace replacement, thermal mass, better sun shading on the windows, better windows, ... there's a lot of things that can be done to help decrease energy usage.
for one i sure don't need a huge house (even if the space is nice i don't really need it to be happy - i'll work around less space as it means i don't have as high of taxes and i don't have as high expenses). etc...
For me the truth to "green" energy is multifold. For a system to be effective all known forms of energy generation need to be utilized. Some technologies are known and are efficient such as fossil fuels but others are known and are not efficient yet such as solar and wind. But then there are unknown technologies or are just beginning development like alge and this night time power generation device. It's going to take a multi utlilized system to take advantage of all available technologies before I would consider it "green" and practical for the masses like me. there is so much opportunity that exists in the energy sector, it's unreal.
Interesting read ---> https://www.foxnews.com/tech/breakthrough-device-can-generate-electricity-from-the-night-sky