Life is not possible without energy, but the current ways of consuming energy would leave us with nothing in the near future, but a polluted environment and lack of every source and facility.
Hence, several alternative methods have been developed, and many are yet to be formulated and the existing ones need to be improved.
These methods of producing green energy are being enhanced and every possible effort is being made to bring this alternative source of energy into common use.
When talking about recycling energy, the projects of National Trusts come to our minds immediately. Reviewing their energy projects creates an optimistic image of a healthy environment.
Its Biomass Boiler Installations works on the idea of replacing oil heating system with low carbon equivalent. This project that is developed in Chirk Castle, works on this idea of replacing the old boiler system with the biomass ones.
An attempt of National Trust to reduced carbon emission came out in the form of use of carbon neutral biomass boilers instead of the old ones. Two oil-fired boilers were replaced with a wooden pellet biomass boiler in Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire.
Another technique developed by National Trust to use natural wind energy was developed in The Old Coastguard Lookout building. The project makes use of Pellet stoves and wind turbines to charge batteries in a coastguard station.
Yet another project that aims at installing solar thermal units for providing heated water to flats is in the Hanbury Hall.
The above mentioned were only a few projects. There are still many more that shall be discussed in future blog posts.
Of the successful companies in the world today, energy companies are ranked among the most profitable ones. In the US for example, Exxon Mobile and Chevron are the most profitable, making up to $41.1 and $26.9 billion respectively.
Well, they have to be profitable considering the fact that the world still cannot do without fossil fuels. This means that they have to be held accountable for their activities that negatively impact the environment.
However, today we see the opposite. The US for example, provides subsidies for fossil fuel companies. Not only that, there are also laws that give tax breaks to these energy companies.
With the damage to the environment caused by the release of fuels into the atmosphere, these companies are supposed to be in the position to contribute to the preservation of our planet. Rather, they have such powers that they lobby and ensure that policies continue to benefit them.
A typical example is the fact that Exxon Mobile paid lower taxes of 17 percent when compared to the 20 percent of income paid by the average American. Yet they complain and run ads against the proposal by the Obama administration that could block tax loopholes in order to balance government’s books.
Energy companies really should be held responsible for damages on the environment as a result of their activities. The government and especially lawmakers need to also place the environment as priority over any economic gains, so that appropriate efforts can be directed into providing green alternatives to fuels.
About 30% of greenhouse emissions in the U.S come from transportation. The transportation sector also accounts for 70% of the country’s use of fuel. Despite the unpredictability of fuels, its use in most countries is still on the rise.
One major disadvantage in the use of fuels aside the fact it is unpredictable, is that it is non-renewable. With its continuous damage on the ecosystem, the uneasiness in the Middle East, as well as the consequences of oil spills to the economy of coastal residents; the days of using fossil fuels as the driver of our transport sector is numbered.
Considering such deterioration in the use of fuels, we can only take heart from the rise in the development of electrically powered transportation alternatives. These electric powered alternatives are not just economical to the pocket, their energy is renewable. This makes them the perfect alternative to environmental enthusiasts, and to our use of fuels.
And so, we have seen the rise in the manufacture of electric bikes, bicycles, scooters and even cars – though still a bit expensive. Generally, the electric bicycles seem to fit into most people’s needs, especially with its option to use power or pedal.
By being able to choose how much power to exert, and the ease of commuting from one part of the city to another, electric power technologies are great alternatives to fuels.
The increase in their use for transport, will ensure that every one of us contribute in generating renewable energy.