Energy conservation and pollution reduction go hand-in-hand, as the power plants that generate your electricity often release arsenic, mercury, other metals and acid gases that threaten human health and the environment (see References 1, page 3). Putting into practice a few simple, convenient ways to conserve energy will also help you to trim your utility bills.
As with other aspects of business management, setting a written goal for reduced energy use is the first step to making meaningful changes. Corporations must be aware of current energy usage to effectively implement and track energy-saving measures; online tools like the Environmental Protection Agency's national energy performance rating system offer a snapshot of current use as a basis for future energy reduction ...
Insulation reduces the exchange of heat through a surface such as a wall, attic, duct or roof. In a well-insulated home, less warm air escapes from the house during the winter, and less cool air escapes during the summer, reducing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling (see References 1). Improving the insulation in older structures may lower your annual heating and cooling bill by up to 20 percent (see ...
Every effort you make to conserve energy adds up to saving money while protecting the environment. In 2008 alone, Americans' energy-conservation efforts collectively saved more than $19 billion in energy costs while preventing the release of greenhouse gas emissions equaling those of 29 million cars (see References 1). Becoming part of this trend doesn't require a lot of time or effort -- small changes in your home ...
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Americans owned 137.1 million passenger vehicles in 2008. Estimates are that each one of these will travel an average of 33 miles per day in 2011. Projections for gasoline demand in the United States exceed 9 million barrels per day (see References 1). Gasoline and diesel fuel are nonrenewable resources. Choosing an alternative fuel vehicle can reduce your reliance on petroleum and conserve energy (see References 2, page 1).
In just one day, the energy used by a building to support just one office worker adds more than twice as many greenhouse gases to our atmosphere than that worker created by driving to and from the office, according to Energy Star (see References 1). Going green at home has gotten a lot of press, but conserving energy in the office has the potential for an even greater environmental impact.
Conserving energy in your home is easier than you think. If you make small changes over time, you can trim unnecessary energy usage and lower your family's carbon footprint. Most electricity is generated in power plants that burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas and emit carbon dioxide. By cutting energy use you can reduce the demand on power plants and save money in the process.
In the United States, 71.5 percent of all generated electricity comes from nonrenewable energy sources like petroleum, coal and natural gas. Until all of Americans' energy needs can be met using renewable sources, conserving energy is an important way to extend supplies of nonrenewable resources for as long as possible. (See Resources 1)
Whether you're surfing the Internet, driving your car, cooking dinner or running the air conditioner, you're using energy. The fact is, people rely on electricity and fossil fuels to get them through most of their daily activities. Energy is costly, however, and its production often has negative environmental consequences. If you're looking to save some money and reduce your environmental impact, take some basic steps to conserve energy at home, on the road and at the office.
Evaluating the environmental impacts of a laptop computer requires an assessment of everything from the materials used to manufacture it to its durability and energy efficiency and even whether it is easily reused or recycled at the end of its useful life (see Reference 1). In comparison with desktops, laptops can have a smaller ecological footprint during their useful life, but they can still potentially cause environmental damage if not managed properly when they become obsolete.
Sustainability is a term that's often used by the environmentally minded, but every business interested in sustaining its own profitability will be interested in finding ways to reduce its energy and water bills. Many changes that lead to better energy efficiency and improved water conservation in the workplace will also improve customer comfort and employee productivity. These workplace adjustments may have a modest initial cost that is soon offset by savings in the company's operating expenses.