Alternative and Renewable Energy

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Mark Bidwell
CCDE 110 ( D12)
Margaret Loring
Essay 3
Due 3/2/11

Alternative Energy
Alternative and renewable energy seems to be a big topic these days. Using and finding other means of alternative and renewable energy would really help the environment, not including our financial burdens. We would have fewer power surges and rolling blackouts. Las Cruces and surrounding areas would also have less pollution and people would most likely live a little healthier. The city of Las Cruces passing a policy to start using natural resources that won't harm the environment and making more restrictions on power and water usage would help our city greatly. This policy would also help research ways for businesses and the general public to obtain solar panels and wind-mills for their homes and businesses. There should be a way to have everyone participate in conserving energy and be able to use solar energy. There are many different approaches that we can go about this situation. For example: Asking local businesses for donations and government grants are just a couple resources to help get started, but there are many more ways. There are many types of solar energy, some inexpensive and others more expensive. Although none of these systems are cheap, there are many ways to get grants, donations and loans. There are also many tax credits for homeowners and businesses for energy efficient buildings. According DSIR Solar, since 2006 the federal government has been giving up to a thirty percent tax credit for home owners that buy energy efficient homes, remodel existing homes to energy efficiency and/or buy solar equipment. This program was suppose to end this year but was just recently extended to 2016.

Extensive energy use seems to be a big issue for our society today. People use more energy than they should then complain about their utility bills each month. There are many very simple ways to conserve energy that people either overlook or just don’t seem to...
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