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The Most Common Renewable Energy Resources

While the most talked about renewable resource for generating power is usually solar, there are other resources just as popular and effective. That is not to say that harnessing the sun’s rays to generate electricity is not highly effective, it is one of the best alternatives for reducing carbon emissions that are instigating climate change.

As well, hydropower is an energy source that has been in use since 1880. People are usually unaware of the fact that hydroelectric dams have been the single largest source of renewable electricity generation for the past century.

But it is wind power that is stepping up to become the most common source of energy in 2019. A whopping $145 billion in investments over the last decade alone all but ensures this form of energy generation is expected to be permanent and a leader.

It should be noted that even with all this money spent on wind power it is currently only providing 6.5 % of electricity to Americans in 2018. This figure is expected to rise only marginally in 2019 to 6.6%. These figures are mirrored for hydroelectricity which, as an aside, tells us that our efforts to capture natural and renewable resources for the purpose of generating electricity fall short of our needs significantly.

Altogether, statistics show that 17% of electricity in the United States comes from renewable resources. That means solar only accounts for approximately 4-5% when combined with other renewables. Another 20% is generated from nuclear energy, leaving the remaining amount coming from fossil fuels (and negligible things like wood, biomass, etc.).

The purpose of sharing this information is not to persuade or argue for one energy source over another. However, it would be instructive to become educated on the various sources of energy that will be powering your home, this country and the world in the future and, perhaps, make energy choices that you believe will be most valuable in the long run.

Meanwhile, if you have questions about the state of electricity in your own home or business, we invite you to contact the experts at J.M. Mullen Electrical Services. We are here to serve the needs of our community.

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Written by John Mullen

Heated sidewalks and floors

Welcome to the 21st century where things that were never thought possible are now becoming quite commonplace. Need an example? Look no further than the concept of heated sidewalks and floors. If you live anywhere that experiences snow, ice, hail or freezing rain as part of your outdoor climate, these systems may be ‘just what the doctor ordered’.

Heated sidewalk and driveway systems are also known as ‘snowmelt’ systems. They work to prevent the buildup of snow and ice on everything from trails to driveways and patios to sidewalks. Snowmelt systems are even applicable to roadways. However, they do not come without a price. Therefore, the way to ensure their economic viability is to consider installation in limited amounts, such as within a specified area of a sidewalk (like the 3-foot center or middle area of the walking path).

The great thing about snowmelt systems is they operate throughout an inclement weather event such as a snow or ice storm. Their benefit extends to the cost-savings that are incurred through labor, such as highway and local snow removal and the use of deicers and chemicals that perform this duty, again saving money and the environment all at once.

Of course there are drawbacks, the first of which is the prohibitive costs that are incurred with revolutionary ideas such as this. Making snowmelt systems widely available across an area would appear to be more expensive than the current method of attack to precipitation. But as with any new idea, costs continue to go down as more homeowners, businesses and municipalities take this concept seriously.

The same can be said for heated floors in homes. Once an idea limited to futuristic cartoons and shows, it is becoming more commonplace in homes. Many homeowners consider heated floors to be a smart energy choice as the heat radiates upwards and warms an entire space versus the use of costly space heaters or simply raising the temperature on your thermostat.

If you are interested in learning more about snowmelt systems or radiated floors, contact the experts at J.M. Mullen Electrical Services. When it comes to your electrical needs, we have you covered.