Researching alternatives is always recommended – we should always want the best of everything. Electrical energy is one of the essentials of modern life and everyone could stand to reduce their electricity bill by a few dollars (or a few hundred).
The costs of running a business can stack up fairly quickly, so business owners are always on the lookout for cheaper ways to run their company and save some money for future ventures. Non-standard energy is an attractive prospect, but the regular (non-renewable) ways of creating power seem set in stone. Can green alternatives ever compete with them, especially as a one-man effort?
Harnessing the wind on the Texas beach
Turbine-based power generation has been around for a while, but can never seem to rival other ways of producing electricity. There’s a good reason for this: as you might have imagined, this type of energy depends on frequent gusts of wind, and we all know how moody the weather can be in any corner of the globe.
What’s worse is that there is no real way to efficiently store the wind-generated power – most of the wind will have to be ‘used’ in a short period of time. Another thing working against wind power is that consumer-grade turbines are rarely as effective as their industrial counterparts and can only produce a fraction of the energy despite still costing a fair amount.
That being said, Texas beaches can get notoriously windy, and you might have felt that all this potential energy was going to waste. If so, feel free to try connecting some turbines to your structure if you have some extra funds lying around. Worst case scenario, they should at least be able to power the low-power 24/7 electric parts of your home or business like computers, neon signs and so forth, but be warned – a lengthy period without wind can make these turbines seem particularly useless.
What about all that sun?
Solar power is the other great renewable power source and is a bit more modern than turbines. It also seems to be more widespread despite windmills having been around for a long time. Does this mean it’s more effective than wind? Yes and no.
There’s no shortage of sun on the Texas beach, but that doesn’t make solar panels any less dependable on the environment to generate power – not to mention, they essentially do nothing once the sun sets while wind turbines can maintain their usefulness through the night as well.
One thing solar panels have going for them is that they can store energy more efficiently, letting you distribute it with more control than wind-based power. As such, solar panels are even better at powering parts of your business that might require non-stop low power than wind turbines are, although a few cloudy days can cut down their usefulness by a large margin.
The fact that they are so expensive to purchase and install makes them a rare choice for businesses – you never know when you might want to relocate your company elsewhere, and there’s a good chance you won’t be able to make much use of your solar panels in the new environment, forcing you to sell them at a fraction of their initial price.