Understanding the Different Types of Renewable Energy

Everyone’s talking about renewable energy these days as a way to save the planet and cut costs. But as we all know, there are different types of renewable energy out there. Here, we discuss the main types of renewable energy so that you can make more informed choices.

Solar energy

Renewable Energy SourcesPhotovoltaic, or PV, systems use solar cells to convert sunlight into energy. Solar energy can be used to heat buildings, produce electricity and, believe it or not, cool buildings as well. This is the easiest type of renewable energy for homeowners to take advantage of through rooftop solar panels and solar power water heating systems.

Wind Energy

Captured by turbines, wind creates a powerful source of electricity. While turbines are large, they are being increasingly built in rural areas. The wind turns the blades of a turbine, which in turn spins a generator that creates electricity.

Geothermal Energy

Did you know that the earth’s natural heat can be used as a source of energy? Generated by the natural heat contained within the earth, geothermal energy can be used to generate electricity, heat buildings and aid with some industrial processes, like pasteurizing milk.

Hydropower Energy

For generations, people have used gristmills and sawmills powered by water. Today, damming water generates energy that, when released, flows through turbines to create electricity.

Now that you know all about renewable energy, you may have decided it’s time to switch over to renewable energy sources for your home or business. Call Empire Clean Energy Supply at 631-589-4340. We offer aesthetically pleasing, professionally installed and easy-to-incorporate clean energy solutions.