Coal vs uranium. Both are non-renewable energy resources. Coal polutes greatly immediately. Uranium have more destructive pollution potential.
Sure, we need electricity to live. However, what if we reduced the amount we use? Would TVA not be able to reduce the number of coal or uranium or natural gas power plants?
And, what about TVA investing in renewable energy resources like solar and wind generating electricity to reduce the number of coal and uranium power plants?
We can't individually control what TVA does; however, we can control how much electricty and clean water and home heating and hoem cooling and water heating we use in our home by doing more of the simple and no cost / low cost steps to reduce our own utility bills, save money and perhaps, perhaps, reduce the number of polluting power plants which are needed. Free collections of such energy and water savings ideas are out there.
The above, as one example, is a free collection containing more than 530 (yes, five hundred and thirty) energy and clean water savings tips, including:
I hope this helps.
There is only one source of energy conservation which is trust worthy, available to start at any time, can cost nothing or next to nothing, and is not dependent on any Federal or State or local utility funding.
The individual household.
There are literally hundreds of ways an individual household can reduce its electric, home heating (in the winter), home cooling (in the summer), water heating and clean water related utility bills. There is a lot of free information 'out there'. One just needs to start.
The above is one such example. It is a free collection containiing more than 500 home energy and clean water savings steps, of which:
400+ are simple and easy to do
275+ cost absolutely no money to do
115+ cost just a few dollars each to do
120+ are clean water conservation suggestions
115+ are electricity usage reduction ideas
110+ are home heating savings tips
While various levels of governments get their act together, one can start right now to use less energy and clean water and save money.
Also remember that the residents have many ways they can individually take to reduce their own household's consumption of electricity, heating, cooling, water heating and clean water resources to save themselves money.
Collections such as the one above are freely available. This one in particular contains in excess of 500 heating and water savings suggestions, including:
400+ which are simple and easy to do
275+ which cost absolutely nothing to do
115+ which cost just a little to do
120+ clean water usage reduction ideas
115+ electricity conservation suggestions
110+ home heating savings tips
When temperatures go down (or up in the summer), more home heating (or home cooling in the summer) and electricity savings steps can be and should be taken to reduce the amount consumed. Othersise, not taking any energy savings action is like the household is simply acknowledging they don't care and have so much money that the increase in utility bills does not impact them.
I hope this helps,
We found out that our home was already pretty sound from our own home energy audit.
So for us, the greatest benefit was not just that we could spot wondering about whether we needed more attic insulation, or if we needed to replace our furnace or central air conditioner with a more energy efficient one.
Rather, the greatest benefit was that it made us more curious about the little things we could do every day to reduce the amount of electricity, home heating, home cooling as wellas clean water we consumed.
That interest lead to a new hobby of collecting ways that other people used in their own homes to reduce their energy and clean water usage.
So far our freely available collection exceeds 500 of other people's (and our own) ideas, of which:
400+ are simple and easy to do
275+ cost absolutely nothing to do
115+ cost just a little to do
115+ are electricity conservation suggestions
110+ are home heating savings practices
It was sort of how it was back in the 1990's when you asked people how their stock portfolio was doing and what stocks were making them money. Now, they are just as free and interested to tell you what they are doing in their own homes to reduce ther utility bills.
I hope this helps others as it has helped us reduce our our electric, natural gas and clean water expenses.
I totally agree that there are so many easy and no cost ways to conserve clean water and energy consumption in and around the home.
We have been collecting these ideas from hundreds of people across America over the past 18 months since our first home energy audit.
Currently, the above list is up to more than 500 electricity, home cooling, home heating, water heating and clean water conservation tips, of which:
It is not really that hard. We don't need to wait for government handouts; we can take action now.
And, when a household reduces its electricity, natural gas, home heating oil or clean water consumption it directly and immediately reduces its own utility bills month after month after month.
Being green in the home = more green for the home
Home energy audits, conducted by an accredited / qualified person are an excellent start for any home owner serious about reducing their consumption of non-renewable resources in their home.
We had an energy audit performed on our home last fall and learned a treamendous amount abour home energy conservation. The recommendations we received were specific to our home in addition to the many generic energy conservation tips that were also included as part of the report.
There were two down sides to the energy audit report. First, we could not find a copy of an actual report from anyone. We wanted this to see what we were receiving for the approx. $350 we paid (in our case). So we went ahead and wrote about and published the various parts of our report on our home blog, DailyHomeRenoTips.com (under ECOENERGY).
Second, why had we not done this sooner? We could have saved even more money!