Nonrenewable Resources

EnergyCalendarJanuary 25, 2019

There are four kinds of nonrenewable energy in the world. Could you name them? Do you know what problems they cause?

In this article, we’ll talk about nonrenewable resources, the problems they cause, and how solar can fix those problems.

What Is A Nonrenewable Resource?

A nonrenewable resource is anything that can’t be replenished in a short period of time. Technically, all nonrenewables will replenish themselves eventually, but it will take them millions of years, whereas resources like water, sunlight, and wood will take anywhere from 24 hours to a few decades to replenish.

Nonrenewable resources are used to help provide humans with the energy they need to power their homes, cars, and Fourth of July barbeques. They’re an important part of the worldwide economy because they’re some of the most common ways we get the energy we need to power our lives.

List Of Nonrenewable Resources

The US Energy Information Administration separates nonrenewables into four different resources.

Those nonrenewable resources include:

  • Crude oil (petroleum)
  • Natural gas
  • Coal
  • Uranium (nuclear)

Even though these nonrenewables are used to power virtually everything in the world, that does not mean that they come without problems.

Why Are Nonrenewable Resources Problematic?

There are two major problems with nonrenewable resources. One is environmental and one is economic.

Nonrenewable resources are usually bad for the environment. Most nonrenewable energy resources produce carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The CO2 gets trapped in the atmosphere and is the main cause of climate change, according to most climatologists. 

Aside from long-term problems, most nonrenewable resources also dirty up the air we breathe each day.

The US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy predicts that the way we currently get our energy costs thousands of lives every year. Dirty air is the main cause for aggravated respiratory diseases and several other health-related problems. The EERE goes as far as to say that if we transitioned from nonrenewable sources of energy to renewable ones like solar we could save over 25,000 lives.

That’s how important clean air is.

Economically, nonrenewable resources pose a problem as well.

The more we use nonrenewable resources, the more valuable remaining nonrenewables become. That’s because there’s only a finite number of nonrenewables in the Earth. When we run out, that’s that.

So long as we depend on nonrenewables, we can expect to see our energy bills get more and more expensive. These increasing prices will make it harder financially for some people to meet their own energy needs on a daily basis.

It also gives those who have large stores of nonrenewable energy a lot of power over those who don’t. Just think of the 1973 oil crisis in the United States where OPEC proclaimed an oil embargo against political enemies. This cost everyday Americans a lot of money.

These two issues form the crux of our energy problems, and renewable energy sources are a promising solution.

Get Clean, Renewable Energy With Vivint Solar

Solar energy can help power your home using clean, renewable solar power. That means no dirty air and no increased prices. In fact, with recent technological innovations, solar power continues costing less and less money.

Contact one of our solar energy reps today to see if going solar is a good option for you and your family.

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