In our day and age it’s difficult not to question the legitimacy of any product, even for something as innocent appearing as natural energy. The general mindset in our culture is highly dismissive of products that makes promises due to the fact that most things are simply too good to be true and you need to try and refrain from getting your hopes up. But most people at the same time, we all know that things rarely are simply black or white, just like how not everything is either a scam or a miracle, and the production of natural energy is no exception. In this area it’s best to not be focusing on trying to determine if natural energy is legit or another con, but rather weighing out the pros and cons for each method of energy production to see if it’s feasible for you to use, because in certain environments if you were to choose to install the wrong system you most definitely are going to feel cheated.
Solar energy is arguably the most widely known form of clean energy and serves as the poster child for green living. This form of energy production is known to be used in remote locations and is even used to power satellites in space. The biggest flaw tends to be that it can’t consistently produce energy due the limited time of day that actual sunlight is available and how easily sunlight can be blocked from the panels. Previously, solar power was somewhat less than reliable and harder to produce in areas more prone to cloud coverage, but more advanced panels are being produced that are capable of bypassing the occasional problem of rainy days. Solar panels are also less effective in areas with high levels of air pollution as well. One of the biggest downfalls of relying on solar energy is that the initial cost of getting setup is pretty high, but the general consensus is that with solar power you make back the investment relatively quickly. Another perk is that solar panels are very low maintenance and rarely will need repairs or any additional attention after installation.
Typically the first image that comes to mind at the mention of wind power is vast fields covered with unbelievably large white turbines and is rarely associated with private home production, with good reason. Wind power, despite being incredibly clean, is even more unreliable and can potentially leave you without power depending on the weather. In addition to the risk of not having enough wind there’s also the other side of the spectrum where there could be too much that’s too powerful which can potentially damage your turbine. While wind blows at all times of year it lacks the regularity of other energy sources. Another problem is the equipment and it’s location. Wind field turbines are immensely tall to catch stronger gusts of wind, but the closer to the ground it is, the weaker the breeze. Home owners, are reluctant about installing a very tall turbine due to how visually displeasing it is and the potential fuss neighbors might make over the same issue. But on the plus side, wind power can actually make you a profit as well. Property owners are on occasion paid basically a rental fee by certain companies or the government to install turbines on their property which is beneficial to farmers since they take up little space and leave room for the growing of crops. Another perk is if more energy is produced than what you actually use, companies will buy the excess power from you.
This particular power source requires little focus due to it’s very obvious elephant-in-the-room type flaw… most people don’t live near moving bodies of water. It’s this very restriction that makes hydro power for most an unrealistic way of living off the grid. If you’re fortunate enough to live near a river or stream, then literally more power to you, but realistically available properties within direct vicinity of moving water is pretty limited. Potentially, hydro power can be a great source for free energy generation since it’s typically much more consistent than wind and even solar powers, but on the other hand if the water isn’t moving fast enough it’s going to take far longer to generate a reasonable and liveable amount of power.
In conclusion, it’s safe to say that under the correct circumstances any one of these forms of energy generation can be an ideal investment and turn the prospect of paying for fossil fuel based energies into the real scams. But, if you don’t take the time to research and assess your physical location before purchasing and installing one of these systems, you may only end up throwing your money away.