because there are still many
negatives that need to be dealt with when it comes to using solar energy. Such
as the environmental impact of manufacturing the panels themselves, the carbon
footprint of producing these solar plates is a work in progress. Depending on
the size and wattage of the panels chosen for instalment they can cost anywhere
from $15,000 to $35,000 for your average house and can take anywhere from 10 to
30 years to recoup the initial investment. If installed early on in your house
owning life, it is totally worth it in the long run, but for others not so much
because they may never wreak the benefits of money saving by the time they pay
off the instalment costs – again another work in progress but will only become
more affordable and cost effective as time goes on. The manufacturing cost of
these panels isn’t as drastic as you’d think- it all depends on somewhat size
but more importantly wattage. The same size panel could have a completely
different wattage than the one next to it. It depends on the costumers needs
and wants by analysing their personal energy consumption.  They also work just as fine if not greater
for houses with smaller square footages for the sole reason that a smaller
house requires significantly less energy. Another key issue is the ability to
collect energy under certain conditions like poor weather, or shifting sunrays
throughout the day. However some innovative ideas have been worked on over
recent years: China has been creating a sphere like solar cell that can not
only capture energy from every angle but also reflective energy.

If invested properly and used
in conjunction with other green technologies solar power has the ability to
change the way of life, as we know it. Solar energy is just one of many
technological advances being used today to create a better living environment
for not only us but also the following generations to come. Another example is
using more eco-friendly building materials during construction; at one point in
time every structure was build only using safe material found from the land
such as straw, rock, dirt, clay, etc. But my favourite green technology that is
being used today are green roofs, this is a building that is partially or
entirely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a water
proofing membrane. These roof systems are great because they help reduce the
damage and harm caused by urban development on the ecosystem. By building large
concrete cities we destroy natural habitats…these roofs although not ideal,
still give other life more area to live and feed. There are so many other
reasons as to why a green roof in the way to go especially in warmer climates
where you can truly wreak the benefits. Some solid reasons as to why investing
in a green roof are as listed:
Inexpensive – $5 to $15 a square
foot, and being so protected from the harsh elements of the sun and weather
extremes the roof lasts longer.
Storm water Management – Green roofs
are designed to be able lessen the negative effects of rain and storm water in
many ways. They retain rainfall, and slow the flow of water into the sewage systems
that ultimately carries waste into our clean bodies of water.
Lower energy costs – Although
minimal, it has been proven that these naturally insulated roofs help reduce
the amount of heat loss from within. But more importantly help keep buildings cooler
in the summer because of the reflective abilities of plant leaves.

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            So in conclusion “green technology”
is taking over. It won’t be long until building regulations and codes require
houses to be built completely green, and for the sake of our environment I
can’t wait until that day. But until then, combining methods and ideas we’ve
developed thus far in green technology is all that we can do for now.