Energy Resource Plan
Jeremy R. Pierpont
Conserving energy is important to the environment, your personal economy and social reasons. Economically when you save energy you cut costs by eliminating overages in energy uses. This lowers your energy bills. The fossil fuels that burn to produce energy cause environmental damage that changes the earth’s atmosphere and alters the climate through global warming. Socially the benefit of saving energy creates jobs in energy related services such as the manufacture and installation of energy saving equipment. Conserving energy in homes makes them cheaper to heat and improves the standards of living.
Difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy
Renewable sources of energy are energy sources that never run out or are always replaced. Examples of renewable energy are; water, solar, and wind. Non-renewable sources of energy are sources that can not be replaced and will deplete over time. These are often referred to as fossil fuels. Examples of these sources are oil, coal, and wood.
Methods to conserving energy by individuals
To begin to conserve energy individuals can replace old boilers with high efficiency boilers. They can also set their thermostats to a constant temperature and lower in when they know they will not be home. Individuals can also use lighting such as fluorescents bulbs that use less energy and last for longer periods of time.
Appliances are the largest user of energy. Using appliances that are rated by energy star to use less energy help to reduce energy use in the home. By adjusting the settings on these appliances also helps to reduce energy use. Lowering the temperature of a refrigerator to five degrees above freezing and keeping the freezer door shut when not in use lowers the energy use. When washing cloths use the warm setting or cold instead of the hot setting to reduce energy used to heat the water for washing.