Electricity in Australia
Electricity in Australia is typically produced via the burning of coal. Coal is a non-renewable resource that is becoming more and more expensive worldwide because of its high demand by many countries. Although coal has been used to produce electricity for decades, the modern technological age that we live in has a higher demand for electricity than it did many years ago. Therefore, since today’s modern age is made up of technological equipment that governs our daily lives, we typically require more electricity than what we did decades ago, and countries need to buy more coal than what they did to account for this high demand. For example, every day we cannot go without using our mobile phones, smart watches, laptops, tablets, computers etc. over and above using the everyday household technological appliances that run on electricity including our Smart Homes.
Moreover, due to developed countries such as Australia using new technology to improve our lives that replaces the conventional appliances and traditional methods of living that were previously used, there is even a higher need for electricity. Additionally, with the ever- growing technological population and most jobs heading toward replacing manual labour with technology, electricity is becoming a necessary and essential resource that many people cannot live without. That being said, coal is being used in greater quantities than what it was being used to produce electricity many years ago and, therefore, countries like Australia are spending more money purchasing coal than what they would’ve spent decades ago.
In addition to the high demand for electricity in the modern day and age, coal is quickly being depleted worldwide. Since coal is a non-renewable fossil fuel, this means that is it produced naturally by the Earth over many years and once it is depleted, there is no way of making more coal ourselves. This means that the little amount of coal we have remaining on Earth is essentially very precious, and we cannot expect this coal to replenish anytime soon since it requires centuries to produce naturally. The problem with this is that coal used to be relatively cheap to purchase because there used to be a great quantity of coal that was capable of producing electricity rapidly since it burns quickly. However, because there is less coal worldwide and this fossil fuel is becoming scarcer with a higher demand, countries that need to buy coal typically pay a lot more for it than what they would when there was a lot of coal around years ago.
To account for the high price and demand of coal specifically in Australia, the price of energy has increased drastically over the years. In addition to this, because burning coal to produce electricity has negative effects on the environment such as air pollution, the price of producing electricity using coal has increased worldwide to force countries to look at not using coal as an energy source in an attempt to save the environment. Therefore, on top of the increase in price of coal purchasing due to scarcity, the price of coal has also increased due to increases in green taxes placed on these energy sources by environmentalist organisations. For more information on the increase in the price for energy in Australia, please refer to the following article:
Turning to Solar Energy in Australia to Save Money
Due to the high increase in energy pricing in Australia, many Australians are turning to other energy sources to produce electricity. Typically, these energy sources are unconventional and use the Earth’s natural, renewable resources rather than using precious fossil fuels that are often very expensive. Thus, there has recently been a high interest in the use of solar energy to produce energy for household and industrial purposes in Australia. Solar electricity is a type of energy system that is capable of generating electricity by using the sun’s rays and converting the sun’s heat and light into electricity. Special systems known as solar panels are installed near a household or industry that have unique solar cells built within them that absorb the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Solar energy is, therefore, becoming the most sought-after alternative energy source in Australia.
Solar energy is relatively cheaper than conventional electricity methods in the long-run because buying solar panels to provide electricity for the household is a long-term investment, whereas the conventional method of electricity is to pay bills with high tax rates. In the long-run, one will pay more for paying outrageously high electricity bills than paying a once-off sum of money for solar panels and household installation. Moreover, solar energy produces electricity every day, even on days where the sun is covered by clouds. Therefore, this means that there is always a continuous flow of electricity to your household, whereas often with conventional energy sources, if a power station is down, then there is no electricity. Solar panels themselves also last for a very long time and can go for decades without faults or needing to be replaced. Thus, solar energy offers non-stop electricity, providing ease of mind on days when you really need electricity.
In addition to this, solar energy is a ‘green’ source of energy, meaning that it is environmentally friendly and does not affect the Earth’s atmosphere unlike conventional energy sources that cause atmospheric and environmental harm. Therefore, solar energy provides comfort in that it does not affect the crops and the animals around us and helps reduce pollution to save the planet for future generations. Furthermore, since solar energy does not produce dangerously high electrical currents, this type of energy source is a lot safer than the conventional electrical currents.
Overall, due to the high demand for electricity in the Australian society and the increase in the price of energy production, Australians are turning to solar energy to save money. Therefore, the use of solar energy has become the modern trend in Australia because of its environmental friendliness, non-stop production of electricity, and due to its long-term investment qualities.