Electricity. Even if we don’t realize it, the modern world relies heavily on this source of energy. From the moment most people wake up in the morning until the second before they close their eyes (and even while many of us sleep) electricity is making our world possible.
However, there is no debate on whether people should continue to take advantage of the wonderful gifts that electricity provides. Rather, it is up for debate whether electricity should continue to be supplied by fossil fuels or if everyone should make the switch to solar energy.
While right now, only the individual can make this choice, it is an important decision to consider. Should you stay with what you know for as long as you can or should you try to become an early adapter and possibly help the planet sustain its natural resources for a little longer? Here are the pros and cons of using solar energy versus fossil fuel to light our way into the future:
Solar energy is not a new concept. Not even solar panels are as new as the mainstream population makes it seem. Believe it or not, solar panels were first used in the 1950s, in space. The first modernized solar technology was used to power solar satellites.
Although, seventy years later, most people are arguing over solar energy and its place in our society. Here are the pros and cons of using solar energy:
Pros of Solar Energy
In terms of helping the planet and maintaining a sustainable energy source, solar energy is the way of the future; there’s no doubt about it. Specifically, though, here are the pros of solar energy:
Cons of Solar Energy
While solar power is great for the environment, it isn’t completely conducive to the current universal climate of our power resource infrastructure. Here are the cons of solar power as it currently stands today:
For over 100 years fossil fuel has been our gateway to power; literally and figuratively. The world has lit up because we use coal, natural gas, and other energy sources that are not renewable. Unfortunately, it has only been a century but the world has already concluded that there is no way to continue by using exclusively fossil fuels. Besides the inability to sustain fossil fuels there is also the growing threat of pollution and greenhouse gases.
Here are the pros and cons of what has become the lifeblood of our electricity thus far:
Pros of Fossil Fuel
Despite most of the current media surrounding fossil fuels being negative, there are some pros to fossil fuel:
Cons of Fossil Fuel
Of course, the more research that is done on fossil fuels, the more we realize that over time, they are harming our planet. Here are the cons of fossil fuels:
To close, even though the world cannot yet accurately switch from fossil fuel to solar energy exclusively, you can. While the technology has not yet caught up enough for widespread use, individual and even communal areas have achieved 100% solar power. You can have it for both your home and business. However, whether you decide to do that or stick with fossil fuel is completely up to you.