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LifeEnergy Explains: What Does ‘Renewable Energy’ Mean?

For all the talk about renewable energy, there’s still a lot of confusion as to what “renewable energy” actually means, or how energy companies like LifeEnergy can promote 100% renewable energy for homes. So, what does renewable energy actually mean for household residents?

Learn what renewable energy is and isn’t, where renewable energy comes from, and how you can support 100% renewable energy from your home while still saving money.

What is renewable energy?

By definition, renewable energy is energy generated from sources that are replaced quickly and constantly through natural processes. Renewable energy is also often called “clean energy,” “green energy,” “soft energy,” and “alternative energy.”

Humans have harnessed renewable energy sources for centuries, making our recent cultural shift towards renewables more of a return to the norm (albeit with new technology) than a departure from it.

Renewable energy examples include:  

  • Biomass energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydroelectric energy (fast-moving water)
  • Ocean energy (tidal and/or wave energy)
  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy

Currently, hydroelectric energy is the most commonly used renewable energy source in the United States. However, wind energy — which can be produced very efficiently —  may soon surpass hydroelectric as the most commonly used source of renewable energy.

The sustainable acquisition and use of renewable energy sources is healthier for local environments and creates less pollution than the use of non-renewable energy sources.

Want to learn more? Get the scoop on the GreenLife, and how LifeEnergy is making it easier than ever to use renewable energy in your home or apartment.

What is non-renewable energy?

Non-renewable energy is derived from energy sources that take a long time to form. More to the point, non-renewable energy sources are an unsustainable long-term option and can run out during our lifetimes if we continue to depend on them.

Also called “dirty energy” and “depletable resources,” these energy sources — primarily fossil fuels — include:

  • Coal
  • Petroleum (oil)
  • Natural gas
  • Nuclear energy

Humans have also been using non-renewable energy for a long time. Fun fact: the Chinese started refining petroleum as early as the first century! But it wasn’t until the late 1800s, however, that society began to use oil in larger quantities when Edison and electricity surfaced.

Although the use of non-renewable energy sources is the primary contributor to pollution and most other environmental issues, more than 80% of our energy is derived from these materials.

LifeEnergy: Renewable without the hassle

Using renewable energy is an important way to protect our planet. That’s why we’ve made it easy to sign up for a LifeEnergy plan. LifeEnergy offsets 100% of your energy use with renewable energy. Our rates are competitive, our contracts are simple and jargon-free, and our plans can be personalized to you, the type of home you live in, and the type of energy lifestyle you lead.

See if LifeEnergy serves your area and make the LifeSwitch to LifeEnergy today!

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