From the moment we wake up in the morning until the time we go to bed each night, we all use different forms of energy to perform our daily activities. On a daily basis I use energy for transportation to commute to and from work and run errands; for cooking meals using either my gas range, microwave or charcoal grill; for heating my home in the winter and cooling my home in the summer; for daily showering, and for lighting my home in order to be comfortable and productive. Most of the resources we rely on for energy are nonrenewable and will soon be depleted.
Let’s take a closer look at how energy affects the following daily activities:
Transportation – I use my vehicle to commute to and from work and to run any errands
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This type of energy would greatly benefit people living in rural areas, such as farmers. Even though space is needed for the equipment there is plenty of space between them for farmers to use the land for agriculture. Wind energy can be used to pump water or generate electricity, but it requires extensive land coverage to produce significant amounts of energy. At this time, Asia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and the United States all use wind power to some extent. As with geothermal energy, wind power also has advantages and disadvantages. Several advantages to wind power would be: inexhaustible fuel source; does not cause pollution; and can supplement other renewable energy sources. On the other hand, it is a low energy producer that requires large numbers of wind generators and large land areas to produce useful amounts of heat or electricity; only areas with lots of wind are suitable for this type of energy source; bird fatalities are up; and it is relatively expensive to maintain. Flowing water creates energy that can be captured and turned into electricity. This is called hydroelectric power or hydropower. Hydropower only requires moving water, is available almost