The energy crisis is costing us a lot of money and many middle class families are paying the price for it. Considering the high price of electricity and the rise in costs over the years, too many people are paying a lot for their electric each month. If you just recently received your bill and noticed that it is higher than usual, this is due to the energy crisis and the fact that too many people are simply using too much electricity to Read more…
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the use of energy-saving appliances in the home is helping American homeowners save energy and money, but those gains have been offset by an increased use of home electronics like televisions, computers and rechargeable devices. The EIA reports that over 50 percent of homes in the United States now have three or more televisions. Many of these home electronic devices are energy guzzlers. A set-up box that connects a television to other devices, for example, typically uses more energy than a standard refrigerator. According to the EIA, there are currently around 160 million of these electronic devices in American homes.
Energy Efficiency versus Energy Conservation
Energy conservation is about doing without a product or service in order to save energy. Energy efficiency means finding ways to expend less energy without sacrificing the service. Energy conservation focuses on reducing the usage of electronics and appliances. Some view this approach with admiration, seeing conservation as a way to simplify lifestyles, to re-examine value systems and to reconnect with others on a more personal level. Others view energy conservation as ultimately impractical, as a futile attempt to put the consumerism genie back in the bottle.
Long-term sustainability includes taking steps to save energy by ensuring that new technological products are developed with energy efficiency in mind. Programs that reward manufacturers that introduce new energy-efficient products may be effective. Promoting the use of products that enhance the sustainability of existing products, such as using solar rechargers to power up mobile phones, is equally important.
A Worldwide Phenomenon
The increasing demand for electricity despite advancements in energy efficiency is a global phenomenon, one that promises to develop into an energy crisis in years to come. The recent economic growth in heavily populated countries like India and China, for example, has resulted more greenhouse-gas-emitting coal plants being built to meet consumer demand for electricity.
In addition to developing energy-efficient products, it’s important to ensure that the electricity needed to power them is delivered in a more sustainable fashion as well. Because the building of electrical utilities is subject to influences by governmental entities, economic conditions and big business, however, constructing sustainable power systems presents very real challenges. Engaging in an ongoing dialogue about the benefits of sustainability is an important step towards reaching the energy needs of an increasingly power-hungry world.
Harnessing the up-down motion of waves can drive turbines in a modular type system. It is an extremely durable method of energy production and can be scaled easily to hundreds of kilowatts all the way to hundreds of megawatts.
Creating floating platforms of solar collectors bridges the gap between sustainable land-use and energy needs. In areas of the world where land for solar farming is extremely limited, the solar island provides a ready alternative.
Geothermal Enhanced Systems
Beneath the earth’s surface lies a nearly limitless amount of energy. Tapping it in a way that is Read more…
Clean energy is one important way to preserve the health of planet Earth. The following are three clean energy sources and the benefits associated with each.
Wind energy is free; does not require removal from the earth, extraction from another material or transportation; and does not result in waste products that must be disposed. In rural and sparsely inhabited areas of the world wind energy is an excellent solution because sufficient space exists for the placement of turbines, Read more…
Clean Energy has become more and more important over the past decade, with national attention being focused on the subject in the past two elections and with more and more scientists indicated a non-optional need to develop the methods and infrastructure for a truly sustainable energy system. Countries such as the Netherlands leading the way in areas such as wind energy, and as companies, large and small continue to react to consumer demand for Green products Read more…
Create Less Trash
There are numerous ways you can help create a greener world. Even small activities add up toward helping to maintain and improve the environment. Adding less trash to landfills is important to protect water and ground resources. Switch over to purchasing rechargeable batteries instead of disposables. Reduce paper waste by using online banking and bill payments. It is more convenient for individuals to store personal documentation on a computer while also saving trees. Instead of buying disposable lighters, purchase cardboard matches made from recycled materials. Disposable lighters contain dangerous butane fuel that often leaks into Read more…
Sustainability, Going Green, Clean Energy, Carbon Footprint. These are all buzz-words that have made their way into today’s vernacular and are understood by nearly everyone. In recent years, public awareness of the importance of such practices and technologies has risen and more and more businesses are promoting their products, services, and companies as Green.
The term ‘Green’ itself is broad and encompasses any number of technologies and practices, depending on the industry. However, consumers are appreciative and often recognize the value of this sustainabliity-minded thinking, sometimes paying a bit more Read more…