Shining the light on light sources!
As Australians, we can count ourselves fortunate that the vast amount of our population can simply flick on a switch and bring light into our homes – click here to see how much electricity we use in Australia compared to the rest of the world!
However, not many of us give a second thought about how those lights, and other appliances, are powered.
Let’s explore two very important sources for powering our homes.
Without going into too much detail on the subject, let’s just say that power, specifically electricity that we use in our homes, is a by-product of other sources of power.
To produce electricity, we burn those other sources of power (often called “primary energy sources” or “fossil fuels”), pass the resulting energy through various processes – and presto: we have electricity!
Roughly 88% of Australian electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, of which 74% is coal-based and 15% natural gas-based.
The power generated from these primary energy sources is converted into electricity at major power plants, and then transmitted to our homes through a network of local distribution grids.
Unlike fossil fuels used in regular electricity, solar power uses sunlight as its primary energy source. Specially designed devices, including the commonly know/seen Photovoltaic (PV) cells in Solar Panels, are used to harness the sun’s light, and converts it into electric power.
This electricity can either be used immediately upon generation, by means of passing it through a device known as an Inverter, or it can be stored into a battery for subsequent use.
You’re TV, Washing machine or home entertainment system doesn’t really care whether it uses regular power, or is powered by solar power.
However, there are some major differences between the two power sources that you should be aware of:
While at first blush these differences might not seem significant to many Australians, the fact of the matter is that environmentally conscious citizens are definitely giving solar power serious consideration – not only that, but it could help reduce electricity costs IMMENSELY around your home in the long run.
As the prices of residential solar power producing technology declines, even more homeowners are expected to adopt solar power as their energy producer of choice.
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