Transportation is an ever-growing sector in our society today. Because of the bustling city life we have today, most of us use transportation means to get from one place to another. Generally, road transportation comprised of nearly 40% of all energy sector emissions. While road transports in 2012 were up by 68% over 1990 levels, the trend has been flat ever since 2007. This flat trend in transport activity combined with improving efficiency. Transport of passenger and freight by rail is less carbon intensive than by road (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment New Zealand 1 and 6)
Keep on Truckin': Technology Driving a Cleaner Tomorrow. By: Graham, Steve. Financial Executive, March 2011, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p32-35, 4p Abstract: The trucking industry is turning increasingly to environmentally friendly, clean, and energy-efficient methods to remain competitive and help the planet. The steps taken by the trucking industry are discussed.; (AN 510995167)
Energy is the ability for something to do work, create heat, or emit light. By this definition, energy can be anything from a sandwich to uranium. However, for the sake of simplification, this essay will focus on the United States’ consumption of fossil fuels (oil, coal, and gas), which constitute eighty-six percent of American energy (Lehrman 2). That is a lot of energy, however it becomes an even larger amount when taken into consideration that even though America accounts for only five percent of the world population, it consumes twenty-four percent of the world’s energy! To be more specific, one American consumes as much as two Japanese, thirteen Chinese, or 370 Ethiopians on average. Even more amazing, if every country were to consume energy at the rate of the United States, three more Earths would be required to fill the demand ...
Based on Laurel Nesbit, a program assistant in the Office of Sustainability here at UF, our campus manages to utilize 470,000 Megawatts of energy annually. This figure is generated from all the energy-consuming gadgets that operate on our campus on a daily bases. These gadgets include computers that are left turned on over the night even they are not in use, copiers, and the fume hoods in our laboratories. Admittedly, the success and the health of wellbeing of the students is contingent upon some of these equipment. For instance, the laboratories need the fume hoods in order to keep the experimenters safe. Instead of casting these necessities away, we can develop alternatives which will be capable of generating energy in order to compensate for the electricity that we endlessly
The reliance on other countries for fossil fuels that produce energy have put the United States of America at risk of being pulled into unstable regions around the world jeopardizing international relationships and putting its own citizens in harm’s way. America needs to balance both the pursuit of alternative energy solutions and reduce energy usage. Our military runs on fossil fuels produced by other nations who do not have similar interests or values as the United States, ultimately adding unwanted risk that becomes difficult to manage. There are advantages to alternative energy solutions that could allow for America to become an independent energy nation that would eliminate the need to support and stabilize various regions around the world. The U.S. Military needs to reduce its overall energy usage by taking advantage of breakthrough technologies that could be integrated onto current systems.
Many people today are spending quantities of money for the electric bill without knowing that their hurting their wallet and their environment. It harms the environment because the fuel you receive in your electric bill is called traditional, which is made of fossil fuels. These fossil fuels create pollution in the air affecting our ozone layer. A solution for this problem would be to leave the traditional fuel and enter to the new world of alternative energy.
This project investigates alternative fuel source cars, such as Biodiesel, Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Natural Gas, Ethanol (e85), and Hybrid. I choose this topic when I realized how much people are paying for a fuel (gasoline) that only gives you 30% efficiency per gallon. This means that for every $100.00 that you spend on gas, you are wasting $70.00.
Americans use energy frequently in our everyday lives. Today, most of us would not be able to live without it. We use energy when we use our cellphones, when we turn on the lights, when we drive cars, and so on. Out of these energy sources, the most consumed are fossil fuels - specifically 81% of the energy used by Americans (“US Energy Explained”). These fossil fuels support our country’s economy largely, supporting distribution of goods, for example. Although fossil fuels may be beneficial to America’s economy, the environmental damage that they create is not. The process of extracting and burning them destroys the environment and contributes to climate change.
In the future un-renewable resources, like fossil fuels, will be non-existent. “Fossil fuels currently account for 83% of the U.S. energy supply” (LePoire, 2011). The U.S. is fighting a battle to reduce the amount of fossil fuels it uses, which is currently at a staggeringly large level. As well as not being a renewable resource, fossil fuels are a heavy contributor to CO2 emissions and the effect they have on global climate change (Pollin, Wicks-Lim & Garrett-Peltier, 2009).When fossil fuels do deplete completely, there has to be something to take the place of that energy production. In comes renewable, green, alternative energy. There is a call for renewable energy to replace our current energy sources and to increase efficiency in all sectors.
Whether it is powering a car with gas, or lighting a home using electricity, these are just some of the ways fossil fuels are used daily. The world’s dependency on these natural gasses is only increasing as are the various ways to access them. But soon the supply will not meet the demands, and the depletion of fossil fuels has long begun. An effect may be a request on improved renewable energy sources and better access to them. When information that there is a reduction in fossil fuels, the dangers of getting them and how its pollutants are hazardous to the planet; some feel a way to make up for this is recycling. When in contrast recycling does just as much, if not more harm to the planet.
Energy-Efficient Lighting and Appliances – Certified Energy Star appliances, lighting and fans are commonly installed throughout the home. This not only reduces monthly utility bills but also provides high-quality performance (“How New Homes Earn the Label”. ENERGY STAR. N.p., n.d. Web).
Due to the issue of climate change, homeowners are becom- ing more aware of the need to reduce energy consumption in day-to-day life. Due to energy’s intangibility, it is not as easy as other consumable resources to measure and track. For many, the only indication of energy usage is through a monthly energy bill with single total aggregate cost. To understand their patterns of energy consumption, people re- quire an effective energy feedback for their domestic energy use. In this paper, we will focus on feedback for monitoring domestic energy consumption in augmented reality through providing visualizations of energy use at the appliance and groups of appliances in situ.
Every time you buy a new Home appliance ,tune up your heating system ,or replace a burned-out light bulb ,you’re making a decision that affects the environment .It is just that we are unaware of the big difference that each of us can make by taking energy use into account in our household purchasing and maintenance decisions.