How to Support Renewable Energy (And Why You Really Should)

How can you support renewable energy? Plus, why you should.

Sabrina Stierwalt, PhD
5-minute read
Episode #222

If you’re not a home owner, or if such a large investment in renewable energy is not possible for you, there are still many ways that you can support clean energy. You can simply use less energy yourself. One of the biggest disadvantages for renewable energy is that it can be unpredictable – there are cloudy days when the wind doesn’t blow. This issue of intermittency, however, can be alleviated if our overall energy demands are lower.

Other ways of supporting renewable energy efforts include patronizing businesses who are themselves invested in renewable energy, donating to agencies or companies conducting renewable energy research, and even purchasing your own green energy credits to offset your emissions. Supporting efforts in environmental journalism, either through readership or through promotion on whatever platform you have (tell your friends!) also helps support the renewable energy cause. And of course, vote for candidates who promote renewable energy. Call your representatives in Congress to let them know your vote will take their record on renewable energy into consideration.

Moving more towards renewable energy may feel like a large shift for the U.S., but there is growing evidence that it can be done. Burlington, Vermont recently became the first U.S. city to draw 100% of its power from renewable sources, including biomass, wind turbines, solar panels, and a hydroelectric power plant. There is a lot to gain from a shift toward renewable energy, so let’s hope that the US isn’t the last country to grab a seat at the table.

Until next time, this is Sabrina Stierwalt with Everyday Einstein’s Quick and Dirty Tips for helping you make sense of science. You can become a fan of Everyday Einstein on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, where I’m @QDTeinstein. If you have a question that you’d like to see on a future episode, send me an email at everydayeinstein@quickanddirtytips.com


About the Author

Sabrina Stierwalt, PhD

Dr Sabrina Stierwalt earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Cornell University and is now a Professor of Physics at Occidental College.