nergy used to heat your home and power your TV is not
too different from the energy your body gets when you eat a bean burrito. Your
body is like a powerhouse, turning food (fuel) into usable energy -- the
ability to do work -- and eliminating waste byproducts.
A power plant does the same thing:
Coal, oil, or natural gas (nonrenewable fossil fuels) goes in and gets burned
up to power a big generator that sends energy to your house, with carbon
dioxide, some noxious gases, and/or sludge as byproducts. Fossil fuels (from
fossils, or remains, of dead animals and plants) take millions of years to
make. The volume of byproducts created when we burn fossil fuels are not easily
reprocessed in our environment and cause pollution and related health problems.
Energy production and use account for
nearly 80 percent of air pollution, more than 88 percent of greenhouse gas
emissions, and more environmental damage than any other human activity.
Efficiency vs. Energy Conservation
Energy efficiency is a far cry from
old energy conservation images. Its not turning down the thermostat and
sacrificing comfort. Energy efficiency means getting the most from every
energy unit by using state-of-the-art technologies to provide daily needs
-- comfortable homes, profitable businesses, convenient transportation. It is
the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to reduce energy use and pollution.
If your house were energy efficient,
you could lower your thermostat and be comfortable day and night, without
drafts, cold spots, or guilt while doing your share for your family, your
finances, and your environment.
4 for the
If you replaced just four 100-watt
incandescent bulbs that burn four or more hours a day in your home with four
23-watt fluorescent bulbs, youd get as much light and save at least 1,356
kilowatt-hours of electricity and $108 over three years. If all our
nations households did the same, wed save as much energy as is
consumed by some seven million cars in one year.
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-- the knowledge and power to make energy-efficient choices. The
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approaches, while its Energy Consciousness Tips provide the best energy-saving
conservation behaviors. Together, they produce maximum results.