Leading on from a subject I touched on very briefly in the last post, I now feel it is very important these days, to use the resources we have wisely and at the same time not waste all of the world’s natural resources, making new things that we don’t really need. It is a pleasure for me, that a lot of things now get reused (books, records, furniture etc.) though car boot sales, charity shops and also on the web, on amazon marketplace and ebay. Most of the time I find getting a book or a CD second hand, a lot more satisfying than going out and spending a stack of money on brand new items. If it’s in good condition (which they normally are) you feel you’re getting a bargain and this adds to the experience. It’s the same kind of experience if you manage to use a renewable power source that comes from the sun, wind or wave renewable energy.
Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. Renewable energy replaces conventional fuels in four distinct areas: electricity generation, hot water/space heating, motor fuels, and rural (off-grid) energy services.About 16% of global final energy consumption presently comes from renewable resources, with 10% of all energy from traditional biomass, mainly used for heating, and 3.4% from hydroelectricity. New renewables (small hydro, modern biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels) account for another 3% and are growing rapidly. At the national level, at least 30 nations around the world already have renewable energy contributing more than 20% of energy supply. National renewable energy markets are projected to continue to grow strongly in the coming decade and beyond. Wind power, for example, is growing at the rate of 30% annually, with a worldwide installed capacity of 282,482 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2012.
Renewable energy resources exist over wide geographical areas, in contrast to other energy sources, which are concentrated in a limited number of countries. Rapid deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency is resulting in significant energy security, climate change mitigation, and economic benefits. In international public opinion surveys there is strong support for promoting renewable sources such as solar power and wind power.While many renewable energy projects are large-scale, renewable technologies are also suited to rural and remote areas and developing countries, where energy is often crucial in human development.
I would love to have the funds available, to put all this to the test and have wind turbines, solar panels, eco toilets and the like all over the place; however it’s not possible at this moment in time, so we have to do things on a small scale and this we have. In the still unnamed “Cabinchaletshed” we have solar lights inside and out, run certain devices from a battery, which uses a trickle recharging solar panel to top up its power.There are also things you can do at home which help the environment something’s have forcibly been changed in law, something are voluntary but all go to help the sustainability and help save the natural resources of the planet.
Here are just a few :-
1.Consider installing solar panels. Although solar heating has been used to warm homes for thousands of years, solar panels are totally modern and very green. They have no moving parts; you sit them out in the sun, perhaps on your rooftop, hook up the wires and collect power without adding any fuel or replacing worn-out parts.
2.Replace all the standard light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent ones. These energy-smart bulbs use 70-75% less energy than the incandescent kind and last up to ten times longer.
3.Install a motion detector outside home to replace your outdoor lighting. Outdoor lights left on all night waste energy and disturb wildlife. Light fixtures activated by motion sensors or a timer will keep area well lit and save energy and money to boot.
4.Don’t waste water. Check your home carefully for leaks and get them repaired as quickly as possible. Use cold water when laundering clothes and adjust your clean threshold if you possibly can. You could even go without clothes at home like we do in warm weather, then you don’t need to buy as many as they don’t wear out as quickly, also you don’t need to wash them as much saving on detergents, water and electricity to power your washing machine it’s also more comfortable and beneficial to you.
5.Install low flow showerheads. They are a worthwhile investment (especially if you live in a rented space because you can take them with you). They cut down on water usage and save energy costs.
6.Create a compost pile in your back garden. Find a private spot in your yard to make a compost pile. Mix food wastes with dirt and use a shovel to turn the pile over every week or so to give it some air.
7.Consider investing in and installing an automated thermostat. High tech thermostats are well worth the cost, and what you spend, you will get back over time in lower energy bills.
8.Insulate your home. Doors and windows are two of the most obvious areas of concern when it comes to home energy conservation. Use weather-stripping. Once air leaks have been detected, doors and windows are usually the first areas that need attention.
9.Live by the code of the 3R’s; Refuse, Reuse and Recycle. Keep these three things in mind whenever you buy, use or discard anything.
Most of the time it’s simple, obvious and it also give you the good feeling of knowing you’re doing the right things when it comes to helping the environment.