How Surge Protection Is Improving Green Energy
With electric vehicles finally becoming a status symbol as well as desirable for ownership by the masses, we have turned a corner as a culture with regard to consumerism addressing the impact of climate change and the desire to actively take part in the care of the environment. Our past reliance upon fossil fuels extends beyond just gas powered cars, also entering our lives in our homes. This reliance comes in the form of electricity, which is created in most regions through the burning of fossil fuels in order to turn turbines and create electricity. Once this electricity is harnessed within the power grid, it is able to be stored and then delivered to homes in the form of current, providing us with the ability to conveniently and safely use our devices, turn on lights, etc. Many people are unaware that fossil fuels are the source for the beginning of that energy creation process and are also unaware that our reliance upon electricity within our homes and businesses contributes to the warming of the planet. When we think about the ways that we can help to slow down the pollution of our own atmosphere, the first thought that comes to mind today is to switch from a gas-powered to an electric vehicle. There is no doubt that this will help, but another way is to pressure your local officials to begin the process of switching the community over to power that is generated using sustainable resources. This means more-widespread adoption of hydro, wind and solar power.
One of the main issues with convincing people that switching over from fossil fuel generated energy creation to green energy technology is the high costs associated with going green. No one denies that using sustainable and free fuel sources like the wind and sun instead of burning fossil fuels is going to cause less pollution, but people tend to choose things based on their cost vs the amount of damage that can be immediately perceived. This means that if they cannot see the damage of greenhouse emissions, they will generally choose the methods that will cost them less. Unfortunately, wind and solar power currently cost more than fossil fuels to create power, even though the fuel sources themselves are free. This is due to the fact that it is an emerging technology which has not yet become able to be cheaply produced because of expensive system components. Solar panels and wind turbines are also at risk of being damaged or destroyed in the field by weather including lightning strikes, and as we develop cheaper components to replace those which are damaged, the price for production will begin to drop. We also need to integrate better preventative maintenance such as surge protection devices throughout the new energy systems in order to protect the sensitive computer control devices inside these high tech energy production systems from the power surges that follow a lightning strike. Adequate surge protection can reduce and potentially eliminate much of the damage that results, significantly reducing those production costs as a result. Contact your local and national leaders and request more funding towards green energy, and we will some day have both cheaper and cleaner power for our homes, as well as our cars.