Energy Conservation


The name of this site is Alternative Energy Primer, so it may seem strange to some to see pages about energy conservation here. I actually think these are two sides of the same coin.

Let's consider why.

I suspect you and I have some things in common. I’m interested in saving money and having a clean environment. I also think we should burn the least fossil fuel possible.

I bet you do too.

But I also think we should build the least number of wind farms possible too.

I don’t know about global warming. People get awfully dogmatic about it, and most times when folks get that dogmatic, they’re wrong.

But that doesn’t really make much difference to me. Even if we never heard of global warming, it still makes sense to burn as little fossil fuel as possible.

Developing alternative sources of energy is one was to avoid burning fossil fuel.

Energy conservation is another. If we need less energy in the first place, we don’t need to produce it from any source.

The More Energy We Conserve, The Less We'll Need Either Of These:

Energy conservation also means we'll need fewer windfarms

Alternative Energy Is Good, But Not Perfect

As you’ll see on the other pages, alternative methods aren’t without their problems.

For example, wind farms are controversial and often subject to the NIMB (not-in-my-backyard) syndrome.

Sun, wind, tides, hydro, geothermal, alternative fuels – all good sources of alternative energy. But energy conservation has to be a cornerstone of any comprehensive energy plan. On the Home Energy Saving Tips page, I tell you about a lecture I heard years ago. The speaker told how many power plants could be moth-balled if we followed some simple energy conservation programs. It made a big impression on me.

That’s why I like to think of energy conservation as another form of alternative energy production.

Energy Conservation Is Something We Can Do Now

I’m a believer in the benefits of alternative energy sources. I hope to see the day when most of our energy comes from clean, renewable sources.

But I don’t think that day will be real soon, despite what our politicians spout.

On the other hand, energy conservation is something we can do right now. Often it costs nothing more than a little thought and care.

So that's why these pages on energy conservation are on this site.

Check out the pages on reducing energy needs and look for ideas that make sense to you that you can use.

Why don’t you start with Home Energy Saving Tips? All the Best,

Jake Reynolds


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