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How To Make Your Own Electricity

Updated on September 9, 2013

Electricity is essential to our everyday life, I think we all agree on that. In fact, we cannot imagine our lives without it. Without electricity, modern civilization fails.

Today, most electricity in the world is generated using fossil fuels, especially coal. You probably know that fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) are a non-renewable source of energy. What would/will happen when these non-renewable energy sources run out? We would lose around 75% of our ability to produce electricity.

Fossil fuels provide a valuable service to us, but the side effects of using them are causing a lot of problems. Plus the non-renewability of these sources will cause prices to rise up, soon to the point where they will be no longer economically viable.

The future is obviously in the renewable energy sources, two of the most common being solar and wind energy.

Making your own electricity with renewable sources is a lot easier and cheaper than you might think. All you need are the right plans and a bit of do-it-yourself spirit.

If you are interested in learning how to generate your own electricity, take a look at these guides:

Fossil Fuels vs. Renewable Energy

or Dirty vs. Clean

Fossil fuels are called fossil because they have been formed from the organic remains of prehistoric plants and animals. They are considered non-renewable because once they are removed from the ground they can not be immediately replaced. It takes millions of years for them to form.

Renewable energy on the other hand quickly replaces itself and is usually available in a never-ending supply.

The main drawback of fossil fuels, besides being non-renewable, is pollution. Carbon emissions from burning them are the chief contributor to climate change. Not to mention acid rain, smog, oil spils, solid waste, chemical pollution, and so on.

In the past, low fossil fuel prices, especially for natural gas, have made it difficult for renewable sources to compete. Today this is changing. Alternative energy costs have fallen dramatically over the past few decades, but they are still having a hard time to compete with traditional forms of energy.

At the end of the day, you will find that the only drawback to using renewable energies is in current cost of use. However, this is not necessarily true. It's probably true in the case of purchasing pre-made systems, but if you do it yourself, you can save a lot of money.

Remember - make your own electricity, don't buy it. And the sooner you start, the sooner you'll be saving money.

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      white atlantic 7 years ago from INDIA

      very informative hub......near my home there is one by one farmer