Informative Essay on Energy Conservation
Energy Conservation Amanda Foshee SCI/275 March 24, 2013 Jocelyn Hunt CET, MPA Energy Conservation Energy conservation should be one of the most research and implemented things we have in our homes today.When we think about energy conservation we think about solar, wind, and water to provide energy.These three renewable energy sources are answers to a lot of questions and help with cutting down on using the nonrenewable sources like coal, natural gas, and oil.
With energy conservation we can help protect what we have on this earth, but we can also make sure there is something for our children to have when they are grown.
Renewable Energy Renewable energy is one of the most unused energy sources out there. We have the wind, solar, and water just to name a few. When we use these energy sources not only could we cut down the energy cost for most Americans, but we could save some of the nonrenewable energy sources, such as natural gas, oil, and coal. When you decide to change to renewable energy this might be costly, but in the long run it will pay for itself. It will also help cut down on CO2 production in your home. When using renewable energy sources you have a better in and out door air quality (Ozone, 2012).
This would cut down on health issues such as headaches and not getting enough sleep or even death in the worse case outcome (Ozone, 2012). Wind and water are also a good source of renewable energy sources. Not only do they supply power planets and heat homes and or electrical devices, it helps cut down on energy cost (Anarbaev & Zakhidov, 2011). When using natural resouces that we see and hear and feel everyday this helps bring down the use of coal, natural gas, and oil products that hurt our enviroment.
The “Epa” (2013) website say, when considering using renewable energy think about this, when we see wind mills or Nigra Falls, we think that it is a wonderful site to see, but it also is a place that produces energy and helps conserve energy and it also provides jobs to millions of people. When you want to use wind or water you have to have a large enough area to up hold this amount of work that needs to be done and make sure that it is not on to much greenland (“Epa”, 2013). Effect and Affect With energy conservation we have to look at all sides of the equation.
We have renewable energy resources that cause little to no harm to the planet or to humans. With the nonrenewable resources we run into it running out and depleting the ozone lays (Ozone, 2012). The effect far weight out the affects because one you have and endless supply of solar, wind, and water to power things and heat a home. With coal, natural gas, and oil once it is gone it is gone. With energy conservation we have to think about the effects and the affects it has on not just the earth but us as a human as well and what it will help with and will not help with.
One of the major things that energy conservation helps with is the cut down on the use of nonrenewable energy sources, but it also cuts down on health problems as well along with cutting down on money being spent to heat a home or run a car or a business (Ozone, 2012). With so much to be gained by using the renewable energy the use of nonrenewable should be a thing of the past. With energy conservation doing little things will help changing out light bulbs and switching to energy sufficient appliances. The purchase of these products not only cut down on your monthly bills but also helps with using less energy.
Also think about purchasing a system that uses the air and heat from underground to heat your home. Say that it is 3 degrees out side, well underground stay at a constant 60 degrees, so the air is circulated from underground to your home, thus keeps the home warm with out using oil or gas to heat your home (“Geothermal “, 2013). This is just one of many ways you can conserve energy. Yes, some of the things to manage to conserve energy are expensive, but in the long run it will save you over 99 percent (“Geothermal “, 2013).
If we did simple thing like changing the light bulbs or filling up with gas at half a tank instead of it being on empty would help also. When we pump gas we need to pump early in the mornings because in the heat of the day gas expands so we are paying more and getting less and when pumping gas never fill up while the gas company is there filling the tanks because most of the time they are just stirring up the tanks and what is on the bottom gets into our tanks and always pump slow never fast (“Gas”, 2013). This will help cut down on the use of gas and oil to power our automobiles.
Resource Plan Energy Conservation Plan 1. Action items: To provide a solution for using to much nonrenewable energy sources to using more of the renewable energy sources. My plan is to research the benefits of using renewable energy sources and how much money it would cost to transfer homes to this and how much it would save a person a year and also what benefits it would hold on the nonrenewable sources. I would contact the EPA and local agencies to help in finding this information. 2. Order of action items: ) Research the effects of changing to a renewable energy, ex. the cost and the savings. 2) Lay out a plan that works for the area and the government. 3) Inform the public and the workers of the new information. 3. Action steps: First I would talk to the consumers in the areas and find out what the average monthly total spent each month to run the home and or businesses. Then I would take this information and compare it to what it would cost to change to the renewable energy and how much it would save the consumer each month and over the course of a year.
Then I would prepare a presentation for the EPA and local agencies to look over this and come up with a plan to help enforce and make the public aware of the cost. Timeline: |Action Items |Action Steps |Action Steps | |(in the correct order) | | | |Research and compare |Review information that is already available to the public. Month 1–3 | | | | | | |Talk with consumers about what they pay each month in electric and gas. | | | | | | |Document the finds in written form and video and audio. | | |Develop a plan action |Develop a plan that lays out what and why the cost are so different |Month 1–3 | | |Show that cost to cost of the renewable to the nonrenewable is. | | |Provide a detailed plan on how to help cut down the cost | | | |Provide a detailed list of how much it would cost to install the new solar | | | |panels or appliances | | |Schedule a presentation day and time. Call and schedule a meeting with the EPA and the local officials |Month 4 | | |Provide detailed information packets to everyone | | | |Document the audio and visual equipment needed for presentation and layout of| | | |the room. | |Inform the public |Inform the public of the new regulations and provide them with a copy of the |Month 4–5 | | |packets that explain the pros and cons and the cost difference and a list of | | | |local and government agencies that can help. | | In the End After all is said and done there are many things we can do help with energy conservation. With carbon free fuels and using solar and water and wind to power things (Renewable energy solutions. 2012, Aug 15). This would help cut down on a lot of the depleting of the ozone layers and help with health issues as well. With the use of the renewable sources we have come to find that it powers just as much as the nonrenewable sources can (Anarbaev & Zakhidov, 2011). The main thing that we have yet to understand is why we are not using this renewable energy like we should. Instead we are depleting our sources of natural gas and oil and coal to power thing when there are alternatives to powering a machine (Anarbaev & Zakhidov, 2011).
No matter how we look at we need to start being more conservative with how much electricty we use to how much gas we use to even how much water we use. All this cost us each month to use it. There are simple things we can do to use less of these things. Turn the computer off after you are done using it, wash in cold water instead of hot, switch to energy suffient applances, including light bulbs. Think about investing in a newer heating system like the Geothermal, one that uses the heat from underground to heat and cool your home (Geothermal. 2013). Also think about, if you own your home, switching to solar panels or wind energy. This will help cut cost down and also will help with your homeowners insurance. Just little things like this will help with conserving energy and help not use up what nonrenewable energy sources we have left. When we decide to start doing little things like this we will see a decrease in our monthly cost to run a home or business and we will see that the demand for these sources go down, which will make cost go down as well.
We will also see an increase in better health and better breathing air quality because everything that we burn in put into our air that we breathe. Think about this the better we feel the happier we are. Same way with energy the less of the nonrenewable we use the better off we will be in the long haul. This is because if we deplete our earth of these sources it will throw things off in our world. We need to leave our children with an earth that they can live and survive on. They need to know that energy is a precious gift and we need not abuse it or sooner or later there will be none left.
We as humans are here to protect the land that we live on and this means trying to better take care of what we have and not abuse it. References Gas. (2013). Retrieved from http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Gas Ozone. (2012). Retrieved from http://www. epa. gov/ozone/ Anarbaev, A. I. , & Zakhidov, R. A. (2011). Energy-saving and environmentally compatible solar, hydrogen, and gas-turbine technologies. Applied Solar Energy, 47(1), 74-78. doi: http://dx. doi. org/10. 3103/S0003701X11010063 Renewable energy solutions. (2012, Aug 15). York Daily Record. Retrieved from http://search. proquest. com/docview/1033659542? ccountid=35812 EPA. (2013). Retrieved from http://nepis. epa. gov/Exe/ZyNET. exe/P100C79D. txt? ZyActionD=ZyDocument&Client=EPA&Index=2011%20Thru%202015%7C1995%20Thru%201999%7C1981%20Thru%201985%7C2006%20Thru%202010%7C1991%20Thru%201994%7C1976%20Thru%201980%7C2000%20Thru%202005%7C1986%20Thru%201990%7CPrior%20to%201976%7CHardcopy%20Publications&Docs=&Query=renewable%20energy&Time=&EndTime=&SearchMethod=2&TocRestrict=n&Toc=&TocEntry=&QField=&QFieldYear=&QFieldMonth=&QFieldDay=&UseQField=&IntQFieldOp=0&ExtQFieldOp=0&XmlQuery=&File=D%3A%5CZYFILES%5CINDEX%20DATA%5C06THRU10%5CTXT%5C00000030%5CP