Professor De Silva
January 29, 2013
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
Energy can be explained as having the ability to do work. There are many forms of energy potential, electrical, chemical and magnetic just to name a few. Energy is used for everything an individual must do from preparing a meal to launching a rocket. There are two general categories of energy: potential energy and kinetic energy. Potential energy is energy that has been saved waiting to be discharged including chemical, electrical and magnetic. Kinetic energy is energy that is related to moving items. These energy categories can be classified as renewable or nonrenewable (Trefil & Hazen, 2010). Energy is used in every aspect of daily life. From the moment a person opens their eyes, energy is being used. Energy is used to get work done. The lights to illuminate the house, a stove for cooking, dishwasher to clean dishes, clothes washer for laundry and various electronics are powered by electricity. Electricity is supplied to customers by power that is created at plants then transferred to high voltage power lines known as the “grid” (EIA, 2012). The tankless water heater used for all water heating needs, the furnace to heat a home in the winter and cool in the summer, and clothes dryer all receive energy from natural gas. Customers receive service for natural gas to their homes from lines that run from a main (AGA, 2013). Petroleum, a fossil fuel, powers the vehicle used to drive to work. Petroleum is derived from oil and gas exhumed from rocks deep within the earth. Once processed, the petroleum can be sold to customers to run their vehicles (Petroleum – Oil and Natural Gas, 2013). Solar panels help supplement power to the travel trailer used for family fun and propane is used for BBQ cooking. Solar panels use the power of the sun to convert the light into energy. Propane is removed from crude oil during the refining...