Why Haven’t Renewable Energy Sources Replaced Traditional Ones Yet?

Renewable energy natural resourcesBefore we can answer that question we first need to look at what characterizes each power source. We need to look at the advantages and disadvantages of every power source and weight them against each other.

Let’s look at the traditional power generators. We’ll start off with

CoalIt’s an inexpensive resource to obtain and it’s very simple to return the investment made made for it.

However, it has a drastic impact on the environment. Coal-based power plants are a very large contributor to global warming and they require expensive anti-air-pollutions measures employed to reduce the negative effect they have on the environment. Continue reading

Five (and a Half) Reasons to Power Down Your Computer at Night

Many business offices remain lit and seemingly alive even in the late hours of the night and through the early hours of the morning. The halls are empty, the cubicles are empty and yet the buzzing sound of transformers can still be heard. This is because most office computers remain powered at night. And why we might be tempted to rush out and yell employee negligence and an indifference to the environment, some of these computers need to be functional at night. Some of them have an automated cycle and a certain administrative responsibility that demands them to be functioning 24/7.

But some computers are just glorified typing machines and there is no reason for them to be left running over night.

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A Future of Quality Energy Consumption

The long term price tendency of any resource is to increase. And energy is no exception. All resources are limited and the more they’re used the more it means that the demand is rising while the supply is dropping. When a new pocket of resource is found, the price climb will slow down, but only for a limited time. It’s only a matter of time before this new vein is also depleted. And replacing the resource with an alternative one only resets the process, it never ends it.

So what’s the solution to this never ending problem? It’s to opt for quality over quantity.

The solution is to make better use of what we have, while we still have it. The producers need to invest in finding better ways to refine the resource into an end product and the consumers need to invest more in finding ways to cut back on consumption. The tricky part however, for consumers, is to find ways to reduce consumption without affecting the end result. After all, the solution was to opt for quality.

And the biggest consumers of electricity are the companies. Small, medium-sized or corporate giants, these are the energy-gluttons. No matter how big your fridge is or how many hours a day you keep your AC unit turned on, you will never come even close to the amount of energy even a small business needs in order to operate.

If energy consumption is to drop and if the ever-rising price is to be tamed, companies are the ones that need to make the first step. Take charge, lead and the masses will follow.

Benefits of going green

Energy, like all resources, is limited and over-using a resource will lead to a steady and continuous increase in its value, and as such, its price. Cutting back on energy consumption can have the immediate, obvious benefits of reducing upkeep costs, but also a more long-term focused benefit of preventing an escalating price for energy. Even if a single company’s impact on the market may seem insignificant, a small decrease in the price of a resource can prove to be a significant investment in the long run.

Companies that take great care of their power consumption are also seen as being environmentally friendly. In a world where companies are usually seen by the public as a cold, distant colossus, an industrial machine, made out of rigid, iron cogs and sprockets, being seen as “green,” and wary of the environment can help close the gap between the company and the customers.

As far as internal conduct is concerned, having a strict policy of energy saving can instill a certain discipline in one’s employees. This can also have a negative side effect. Adding another strict policy in a company can alienate the employees and make them feel even more pressured. The presence of an automated system can help alleviate this disadvantage, and instead of an added burden the process of energy saving can be seen as one less chore, because there is a system that will take care of that for us.