All forms of energy are related to motion. For instance, any given system that contains momentum has kinetic energy when it’s moving. A rigid object such as a spring or bow, even when at rest, has the latent potential energy due to its configuration; it also contains potential energy due to its potential motion because of its position. Similarly, all forms of energy, whether they are light, heat or sound, have wavelengths that can be perceived by our sensory organs.
In order to understand what happens when something contains energy, it helps to first know what is the relationship between energy and motion for all the different types of energy we have heard of so far – kinetic energy, potential energy, and thermal energy. Kinetic energy, which is present in all forms of energy, is defined as the amount of energy needed to move an object from a point A to a point B. Potential energy, on the other hand, is defined as the energy that remains un-generated after the removal of the initial source of energy. Thermal energy is the energy that is lost through conduction down the line, or is absorbed by a medium. One example of such a medium is air; other examples include water and vacuum.
Now that you know the relationship between kinetic and potential energy, it becomes easier to see how things like sound and light energy are connected with each other and how they can affect us. Everything has an inherent vibration, and every particle has a unique frequency. When an object has a particular frequency, it will vibrate, cause the particles around it to vibrate as well, and that vibration is what produces the light and sound around us.
Let’s take a look at an example of how energy comes about. When the sun goes down, it gives off energy in the form of photons. The energy travels through a network of particles until it reaches radiation from space. The amount of energy that reaches us on Earth is constrained by gravity. If we didn’t have gravity, energy would travel faster and everywhere would be filled with energy. But because of gravity, there is a limit to the amount of energy that can be produced and that limit is called the energy limit.
One way to use kinetic energy to heat your home is to place a fountain near a window facing the east or west. Because the sun shines in this direction, the amount of thermal energy reaching your house is limited by the amount of heating that takes place in the summer. Conversely, if you face east and place a fountain in a window facing west, the amount of thermal energy reaching your house is unlimited. Since the energy is in constant motion, it heats up the water, as it absorbs kinetic energy. When the water is heated, the water vapor condenses into steam. This steam is then directed back out into your home.
To convert your home to run on renewable or nonrenewable energy, one of the first things that you must do is to reduce the amount of energy that you consume by switching to energy efficient appliances and using weather dependent heating systems. Also make sure that you and your family take preventative measures such as regularly cleaning and wiping your windows to reduce the amount of dirt and dust that collects. In addition to being energy efficient, you will enjoy many years of low energy costs as long as you avoid converting your home to a nonrenewable energy source.