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Wasting our Energy

Energy is a necessity in today’s society, without it most business couldn’t effectively operate. The resource productivity level can be increased by 4 times, this suggests that our current resource productivity level is very low and that more than 75% of resources are being wasted. Many would doubt the reality of such a fact.

We would like to take the automobile, which has dramatically changed the lives of people as an example.

In a scenario that 100 liters of gasoline is used to carry one person by car, 80% (80 liters) of energy released by gasoline becomes exhaust heat and gas. Thus, only 20% (20 liters) of the energy was used to drive the wheels. Human weight takes up about 5% of the total weight of the car. Hence, only 95% (19 liters) of the energy used to drive the wheels is actually used to move the vehicle itself. Therefore, actual energy used to carry the driver is merely 5% of 20 liters, in other words, only 1 liter.

Even the automobile, which is supposed to be the highest level and latest technology wastes 99 liters of the 100 liters used. If 99 liters of wastage can be reduced to 96 liters (which is still very unproductive), resource productivity can be increased by 4 times.

When we take a deeper look into energy consumption it's shocking at just how inefficient we are at energy savings.

Let’s take lights for example. How often have you left the lights on while heading out for the night? I’m sure plenty of times. We’ve all been guilty of leaving the lights on. The problem is that since it is such a common habit, it easily adds up, contributing to the 66.7 percent of wasted energy.

As homeowners, renters, or business owners, it is our job to moderate the usage of our appliances. What we mean by that is: use your appliances only when you need to. If your home is already feeling cool inside as temperatures begin to drop, crack open your windows and turn off your AC.

The electricity that you can save from utilizing outdoor climate might seem small, but when large groups of people join in, the change will create a tremendous impact.

One way to stop wasting energy is to start relying on renewable resources. Solar, wind, and hydro represent different alternatives that offer zero carbon and methane emissions. These renewable sources are the key to our future. Coal reserves are declining and will eventually run out. Natural gas will also follow suit, even though for now, there’s still plenty left. Solar and wind, however, have no expiration date.

The sun isn’t going anywhere and neither is the wind. As a result, research into and development of renewable energy needs to continue moving forward. At the beginning of this article, we talked about how it would be insane to live in a world where the entire day ends at sunset. With the finite amount of coal and natural gas, you can now see how that day can actually happen. As we continue to waste electricity, we continue to emit more carbon and methane into our atmosphere. With fossil fuel gases trapped in our atmosphere, we end up with scorching summers and brutal winters. Our globe continues to warm, melting our polar ice caps, and threatening coastal cities that will begin to be covered by rising sea levels.

In a nutshell, we have been wasting resources usage in many other ways and are often not aware of it

Wasting electricity creates the ultimate domino effect that can one day leave us with a country with insufficient room for all of its citizens. So next time you leave your home and you see the lights on, do us all a favor and turn them off – the environment will thank you.

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