What is Energy Conservation?

According to Do Something.org over 70% of all electricity in the U.S. is generated from non-renewable resources. Obviously, this is not good. After all this energy is gone, it is gone. In order to solve this problem one thing we can do is consider the use of wind and solar power. These are very good an idea, since wind never runs out, and is technically renewable. So is the sun. The only drawback to solar energy is that at night, we obviously wouldn’t be able to harness the solar energy at night. Although, we could use the energy from earlier that day stored in the device. AWEA is the American Wind Energy Association, and has a lot of information to further your knowledge on this topic. Wind energy is a not a new concept, but the way we harness wind is, using wind turbines. Think of a basic example of wind energy as a sailboat, the boat moves when wind catches in the sail, and pushes it along. Also, when windmills are used to pump water.

The fact that we can use wind energy at infinitum is huge. Another major reason is that it is not affected by the fluctuation and already expensive prices of fossil fuel and regular gasoline. Those prices average around $3.53 a gallon as of 1/28/2013 per gallon according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The most common and easy way of harnessing energy from is using wind turbines. The wind turns the blades, and that spins a generator shaft and it creates electricity. If we can create a more dominant way to generate clean energy then we will not have to worry as much on it and can focus on the many other problems that the world has.

Another issue we face in society today, according to Do Something.org is that Coal is used to generate almost half of the electricity produced in the U.S. When coal is burned as fuel, it gives off carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas linked to global warming. Coal is also a fossil fuel, a source that can be used for only a while and then runs out. After it runs out, it is gone for a LONG time. And the fact that is eroding the ozone layer and is not the cleanest source of energy is not good.

Green Homes

To heal the world we can make your houses more environmentally friendly. We can all change the regular light bulbs to the Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) because they are eco-friendly. They use 50-80% less energy and cuts 70% off of regular lighting costs. Also, they last 4-10 times longer than regular ones and work in a cooler temperature (goinggreeny.com). If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a CFL light bulb, we would save enough energy to “light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars” (energystar.gov). This can help the world and help you!

Also we can work with the temperatures in our homes and help maintain them. According to Green Wikia, “In the Summer up to 60% of cooling energy is lost through the windows. In the Winter up to 25% of heating energy is lost through the windows as well.” If you fix your old, weak and drafty windows to new sturdy and completely closed off windows you will save a ton of energy and stop continuously raising the heat or cooling. Also, add insulation in your walls, ceiling, flooring, and attic. Green Wikia goes on to state that, “Adding it to the ceiling and attic will save you 42% of energy! Adding it to your walls will save you 24% and adding insulation in the floor will save you 10% of energy.” This is so much energy that we can conserve. This will help you and the earth.

Here are some other ways that can make a big difference to the world. When you leave a room turn off the lights even if it’s for 1 minute! You can also save water when it’s running or not drinking all the water that you got for yourself. Use less paper! Pay your bills online and use recycled paper if needed. Be a recycle junkie! Use recycled bags and do compost. Instead of throwing paper, glass, and plastic in the garbage recycle them in the right way. Put trees and shrubs near your house so you can save energy. By planting trees they remove the bad air from the environment and create oxygen for us while also reducing global warming which is a huge helper! (http://realestate.msn.com)

St. Marks Seminar on Green Buildings

A seminar was organized by Blue Star at the ‘The Grand’ Vasant Kunj on 19.2.2013 on ‘Green Sustainable Buildings’ in which a talk was given by one of the most eminent architects Mr.Karan Grover. He talked about the importance of Heritage buildings and the perils of glass houses built by contemporary architects. These buildings increase the temperature inside, thereby increasing use of cooling equipments. Ms.M.Pathak and Ms.S.Kaur of St.Mark’s Sr.Sec.Public School, Meera Bagh, attended the workshop.



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