The governments of many countries all around the world have already recognized the danger of the notorious greenhouse effect. They have also realized that the establishment and development of renewable sources of energy is a great investment plan. Though they are quite expensive today and cannot pay for themselves in full, they are able to bring energetic independence to countries that have no fossil fuels of their own. Inland and offshore power stations that produce electricity out of the energy of the sun, winds, water, and ocean waves are growing. They are still not able to compete with coal or nuclear power stations, but their potential is obvious.
Seeing this, many countries have provided plans of saving energy and reducing its wastage. Indeed, by saving what is spent in vain, they can cover their electricity needs with the help of their renewable sources of energy with only a little help from today’s power plants. What does it mean to save energy?
Insulating and Equipping Homes Properly
It is a fact that homes without proper insulation lose a lot of warmth through their thin roofs, one-paned windows, and doors. Their walls are bare; they are packed with electrical appliances that need a lot of electricity and provide only a little output. This refers to old boilers that consume enormous amounts of energy, old household appliances like electrical kitchen stoves, heating systems that are powered by electricity, and so on.
How These Programs Work
Keeping all this in mind, the governments of many countries have launched special programs like Green Deal in the UK and similar ones in other countries. The idea of these programs is to force people into upgrading their homes in order to make them more energy-efficient. The experience of Denmark shows that losses of energy have become smaller by as much as 40% since the moment the program was launched. People manage to save up to half of their energy bills due to the fact that such programs finance the installation of airtight windows in their homes and to insulate their walls and roofs properly. People are not afraid of unplugging their antique boilers and heating systems because there are new devices that save more energy, giving a better effect. Some people equip their homes or lawns with solar power units that help them to provide a part of their electricity needs. Such individuals receive social benefits and are even appraised with a reduction of taxes.