When green energy sources and eco-friendly installations first came about, they were viewed with a legitimately skeptical eye. Most o these alternatives were expensive to install, hard to come across in everyday home improvement stores, and rather unproven in terms of longer-term durability, resilience, and the ability to actually power a home through all seasons and all weather conditions. Much time has yielded much proof, however, and the consensus is in: The future of energy is greener than every before. For those still on the fence, here’s why green energy will become the norm over the next few decades.
Expensive Solar Has Become Nothing Short of a Steal
When solar panels first went mainstream, their use required a significant investment that only the top tier of homeowners could afford, and even those people were unlikely to make such a large up-front investment to go green. Now, though, the cost of solar has dropped significantly. With prices that are much more middle-of-the-road, consumers around the world are taking a serious look at solar and investing in it for their homes and businesses. As “economies of scale” go, solar is poised only to get more affordable as it gets more popular, accelerating the green energy trend.
Major World Governments Are All-In on Sustainability
Just look at China to see how the future of energy is shaping up: The country has launched numerous public programs to make everything “green,” from its legions of manufacturing centers to city streets, government agencies, and even automobiles. Vast amounts of research are being done in China to make solar energy more efficient and other green energy sources far more viable. China is in good company, with many European countries and the United States investing heavily in so-called “green collar jobs” that are thought to be the future of the skilled workforce.
Consumer Interest, Public Investment Set the Tone
Interest in green technologies has never been higher, and government investment in their success has never been greater. As the world moves increasingly toward solar, wind, and steam-based sources of energy, look for prices to come down and adoption to become nearly universal over the course of the next several decades.