The long-term benefits of clean energy

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:16

The advantages of energy-efficient technology are diverse and many. Not only can innovations like radiant heaters reduce the monthly heating bill, but they can minimize the carbon footprint of a home. The best heating system can make progress toward a sustainable heating solution for homes, but clean energy at its core has the potential to affect the lives of everyone.

A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at 29 states in the United States that have had Renewable Portfolio Standards set up for five years or more. It found that the financial benefits of clean energy really do add up over time as well as provide a more stable power supply without common fluctuations in prices common for traditional energy sources, according to Inhabitat.

Through 2012, the states that used renewable energy sources generated a total of 46,000 megawatts combined, according to the report. The costs of implementing the Renewable Portfolio Standards were also found to be much lower than expected as well. The price for states to adopt the standards was 1 percent of what average retail electricity rates are, much less than the budgets they originally put aside for the initiative.
One of the biggest problems when trying to make the argument for the financial benefits of clean energy is a lack of data to make comparisons with. This report delivers a baseline that can expand on existing practices and create new ones that could lead to even more savings and a cleaner environment.

As sustainable energy sources and efficient technologies become more cost-effective, their widespread savings can spread not just within 29 particular states, but to the whole world. Now that there are numbers to back it up, renewable energy can expand its influence to affect people's daily lives just as radiant heat has done. These green technologies can work in tandem with power sources to provide a well-rounded energy system.