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1. Which renewable energy sources did you use in your home?

I used solar
energy and biomass energy.
2. What are the advantages of using renewable energy sources instead of
fossil fuels? Since fossil fuels are non-renewable energy sources (meaning
that there is not an infinite source), they will eventually run out. Once they
run out things that are powered with fossil fuels will no longer be able to
run. However, renewable energy sources are infinite and can be regrown,
reused, etc. Also, fossil fuels have a major negative impact on our planet.
When these fuels are burned, they release co2 or carbon dioxide. In large
quantities co2 is very harmful. As of now we are seeing some negative
effects of having too much co2 in the atmosphere, such as glaciers melting.
Renewable energy sources don’t have this impact (except biomass when
burned in extremely large quantities).
3. Which renewable energy sources did you not include in your design? Why?
I didn’t include hydroelectric energy and geothermal energy. Hydroelectric
energy is a great solution if you live next to a river or creek. However, this is
not always the case and I wanted to make a more generalized home that
can be recreated without a river. Geothermal energy involves harnessing
heat from earths interior. For a large-scale production this may be more
realistic and make sense, but for one house it seemed unrealistic. It would
cost a lot of money and be a huge project.
4. Do you think people in the future will have homes like the one you
designed? Why or why not? I do believe people in the future will have
homes like mine due to how eco-friendly it is and how simple the design is.
I hope to see more eco-friendly solutions in the future not only in homes
but in large scale companies and productions.