Saving Energy Is Saving Money

January 8, 2012 by Owen Jones  
Filed under Family

Energy prices will rise in the long term, we all realize that. It is only temporary relief, when the cost of a barrel of oil falls from $150 to $75, we all know that it will go back there. Apart from human greed pushing the price up, there are more than three billion people in Asia all impatient to improve their lifestyles to what they see the West parading in its films and TV shows. And that is not even including Africa an South America. No matter what oil is left undiscovered under the soil of the globe, it is not enough.

So, what can you do about it? Use less, is one obvious answer, but it is hard to give up something you were born into or have become accustomed to over a long period of time. It is just not that easy. We can expect to see devices that will use less energy than they do now. That will help, but the technology is still being invented. They only alternative left is to be far more careful with the energy at our disposal. Turning lights out is the most simple form of this method of saving energy.

In the long term, the government will have to set standards for manufacturers, including, and actually, especially for house builders. Nearly 50% of household fuel budgets go on heating and cooling. Solar panels built into the roof would help a great deal, but they are still too dear for most people at the moment. These items have to be made affordable to homeowners and they have to be built into all new homes.

Solar panels can be utilized to run devices live, to put power back into the electricity grid, if their is no immediate local call for it or to charge batteries to run equipment later, such as low power lights, a hybrid car or an electric scooter. This would mean a huge personal and national energy saving, but the sun’s energy can do more than that.

Solar heaters can be used to heat both air and water. This would chiefly eliminate the need for burning fossil fuels and natural gas. I say largely eliminate not eliminate, but it would be a massive saving again. Do not forget that almost 50% of the household fuel budget goes on heating and cooling and with ‘global warming’ or ‘global cooling’ or the very safe, sit on the fence ‘global climate change’, this percentage can only rise.

Geo-thermal power (getting heat out of the ground) is probably not an option for every area, but it is a source of power that has barely been touched in most countries. Greenland and Australia are world leaders in this technology, I believe, and their climates seen to be as much at opposite ends of the scale as their locations are at opposite ends of the world. There must be more that could be done with this technology.

In the meantime, we must do what we can. We have to re-educate ourselves to be more careful with energy and we have to educate our young from an early age to be careful with it too. Use energy-efficient, fluorescent tubes wherever you can. If you need more light for reading or working, get a desk lamp. Turn things off when they are not in use. stand-by was a lovely idea, but it is not anymore.

Devices on stand-by are still burning electricity and not just a tiny bit to keep that red light on. Chargers for mobile phones et cetera draw power even when there is nothing plugged into them to charged. Pull them out of the socket when not in use. Integrate your heating and cooling systems. There is a great deal you can do to save energy and save money, if you really want to.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with heat air conditioning. If you are interested in Home Air Conditioning Systems, please click through to our site.


Getting rid of the box?

December 3, 2011 by Alexis Wright  
Filed under Environment

Do you have “that box”?

It might be a shoe box, a wooden box or just any ordinary type of box that contains memories from your past.

The box may contain items from past relationships, pictures from high school and other random objects you find sentimental.

I had that box until recently, but then I realized it was time to let go.

I didn’t throw everything out that was in the box. I chose to keep a stopwatch given to me by my former track coach and a pent my uncle gave me when I was in first grade.

However, several things in that box are now only memories as well. The key to my first car: gone. What’s the point of holding on to that? I’ll never drive it again and the car itself is just a memory.

I also threw out my pictures from senior my senior prom. I’m actually embarrassed that those were even in there.

Obviously I hadn’t looked in the box for who knows how long which is why it was just collecting dust along with everything else in there, make it less acceptable to hold on to it.

It would’ve been a sing that I can let go of my past had I not been able to get rid of that box.

Yes, our past makes us who we are today, but it does no good for these ‘memories’ to collect dust because we never revisit them.

You’re not deleting your past by throwing away the box, you’re embracing what the future has in store.

Think about how pathetic I would look if I held on to those prom photos.

Again, it’s fine to keep some of these items, like the stopwatch and the pen, but we need to be willing to let go of some things, especially the negatives.

Do you ever hold onto th bad things that happen to you in life? If not, why would you hold onto the bad things?

Sometimes thinking about the good things of the past can be depressing because it makes you want to go back.

Alexis Wright does an excellent job of staying up with the times. She’s well informed when it comes to news and entertainment but is most well-versed in the electricity market. During her first year of college, she changed her major from music to work in the electricity field. To check out more of her stuff, go to green-phase