Making wise energy choices is a practice that environmental activists, business owners and almost everyone else should be able to agree on, at least in principle. When we consume less energy we save money directly and reduce environmental impact. One of the best places to start is to stay informed about options for energy choices on the individual, household, business and community level.
Using your knowledge to make good individual choices like walking or cycling instead of driving when possible are great. Read the rest of this entry »
The future of oil is something that many people are concerned about. If there is no oil, then there will be no way to get gas for people to put in their vehicles. There are several things that determine the future of oil. The disruption in the Middle East is one of the key factors in the future of the oil industry. If the amount of fighting increases in countries that supply our oil, then the price of oil would increase as well. Countries Read the rest of this entry »
Batteries are a huge part of modern society, with an increasing number of items relying on batteries. It has long been known that batteries are bad for the environment, and although some manufacturers are making strides, batteries remain an environmental threat. Batteries are responsible for a large majority of the nation’s mercury contamination and are normally not disposed of properly. Fortunately, there are a growing number of environmentally friendly options.
Rechargeable batteries are more environmentally friendly than their disposable counterparts. That is due largely to the fact Read the rest of this entry »
The price of gasoline is a point of contention with nearly everybody. Simple errands and family activities are now something to be weighed against the cost of gasoline and how necessary the short jaunts are. Analysts have been warning consumers that gas prices will steadily increase and soon the normal price for gasoline will be upwards of five dollars a gallon.
These ridiculous prices will hit everybody in the pocketbook, one way or another. The price of goods and services will continue to increase to make up for the increasing cost of Read the rest of this entry »
You don’t have to do large things in order to conserve our environment and our energy resources. You don’t have to start a solar plant or plant thousands of trees in order to protect and guard the environment. You can start with small things. One of the easiest thing you can do is to stop buying disposable, plastic water bottles. Instead, in today’s market, there are a lot of stainless steel water bottles that can be reused over and over again. By doing this, we decrease the number Read the rest of this entry »
Many companies and industries worldwide are scrambling to develop alternative energy technology and infrastructure in order to transition from fossil fuel sources and additionally reduce their environmental footprint. Despite these efforts there remain very few readily applicable and affordable Reliant Energy solutions provided to mainstream consumer culture. Unfortunately, most investors have devoted their resources into spurious, gimmicky, and wholly inappropriate schemes.
Hybrid automobiles, for instance, were initially touted by automobile industry giants as a great leap in energy efficiency and environmentally-sound technology. Although hybrid automobiles have slightly greater fuel efficiency they require more overall lifetime energy costs due to the research, development, manufacturing and shipping costs of their specialized parts and battery systems. Hybrid fuel cell technology typically depends on large amounts of nickel, the extraction of which is extremely environmentally destructive. Ecologically concerned consumers may prefer to switch to used, older model diesel vehicles that run on biodiesel or straight vegetable oil in order to save money and avoid the environmental costs associated with the manufacturing and development of hybrid technology.
In general, reducing energy costs as well as lowering environmental impact are best accomplished not by purchasing new gadgets or technologies but by lowering fuel use and consumption.
If perhaps you’re travel budget is limited and you can’t attend an upcoming energy forum, or perhaps you’d rather enjoy the energy forum in a more environmentally friendly manner, consider registering for the Virtual Energy Forum, an annual event most recently held June 16th-17th. The cost is free to any interested parties with the entire event taking place over the internet. Keynote speakers present in streaming video formats and questions can be submitted and answered in real time just as if every person was in the same conference center. A live chat function is also made available in order to converse with other attendees and exchange contract information, as well as people who post exhibits on the virtual exhibit floor, featuring the latest energy saving products and solutions. Video presentations on relevant energy issues can also be easily watched as you select the highpoints of the conference that most appeal to you and your energy interests. Read the rest of this entry »
This decade has brought on a serious change in the energy mentality of the United States. After the oil crisis of the ’70s, we settled back into a pattern of unsustainable, guilt-free consumption. But in the last few years, consistently high oil prices have finally created a push to find more sustainable, alternative energy sources. One of the more popular of these alternatives has been biofuel, including ethanol and biodiesel. Read the rest of this entry »
Once considered to be the holy grail of energy solutions, “cold fusion” has turned into more of a mythical Big Foot concept, with claimed leads and developments by some researches but largely dismissed as ridiculous by mainstream science. In theory, cold fusion would allow for the nuclear fusion of atoms at almost room temperature. In the normal process of nuclear fusion, such reactions take place only under the extreme conditions found inside stars. Were the hopes and hard work of cold fusion optimists to come to fruition, our world would be blessed with an unlimited energy supply for the foreseeable future.While preliminary cold fusion work began as early as the 1920′s, cold fusion first became a widely publicized and talked about concept in 1989. In March of that year, highly regarded electro-chemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons claimed to have produced fusion through the use of electrolysis (a process requiring an electric current to drive chemical reaction) of heavy water (water with abnormally high proportion of deuterium isotopes) on a palladium electrode. The result was a wildly excessive output of heat, of such relative magnitude it could only be rationalized in terms of nuclear processes. Read the rest of this entry »
In today’s market, it seems every company is trying out some variation of a ‘green’ product line. In their haste to appeal to environmental activists and eco-friendly consumers, many of these products don’t live up to the standards their labels promise. To avoid purchasing items that simply claim to be environmentally safe, look for the Energy Star Label to guarantee quality and energy efficiency.Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient products. Created in 1992 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program has since been adapted by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the European Union. If a product is marked with an Energy Star label, it most likely uses 20-30 less energy than required by federal standards and meets a stringent set of specifications set by the EPA or DOE for its specific product line. Consumer products that may carry an Energy Star Label are computers and electronics, household appliances (such as refrigerators and dishwashers), heating and cooling systems, lighting and fans, plumbing, and building products. Read the rest of this entry »