Energy Conservation is the Best Option for Solving Our Environmental and Energy Challenges.
Reducing the amount of electricity and oil consumed is the most effective and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions, pollution, and dependence on foreign oil. Industrial Wind Power only adds energy to the system, it does not replace the fossil fuel burned to create baseload electricity. Programs and incentives to reduce the amount of electricity and fossil fuel used, however, do reduce carbon emissions, pollution, and dependence on foreign oil. Conservation works and every taxpayer dollar spent on subsidizing industrial wind power, instead of energy conservation programs, is a dollar wasted.
Energy Conservation Techniques
- Insulation and Air Sealing
- Energy Efficient Doors, Windows and Skylights
- Efficient building heating and cooling systems
Insulation and Air Sealing
The most effective way to reduce a building’s heating and cooling costs and energy use are through proper insulation and air-sealing techniques. In addition to making buildings more energy-efficient, these techniques also make them more comfortable. Proper moisture control and ventilation strategies will improve the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation and vice versa.
Thorough energy efficiency is achieved by combined all four elements:
- Air sealing
- Moisture control
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Energy Efficient Doors & Windows
Energy-efficient doors and windows are an essential component of thorough insulation and air sealing. Replacing old doors and windows of existing buildings is the most complete method of lower heating and cooling costs and more efficient energy use. Significant energy saving can also be achieved by adding storm windows and weather stripping to doors and windows in good condition.
- Replacement doors and windows
- Storm doors and storm windows
- Weather sealing older doors and windows
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Efficient Heating Systems
Upgrading a furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency in an average cold-climate house will save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year with gas fuel, or 2.5 tons with oil fuel.
Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most households. A wide variety of technologies are available for heating and cooling your home, and they achieve a wide range of efficiencies. In addition, many heating and cooling systems have common supporting equipment, such as thermostats and ducts, which provide opportunities for more energy savings.
- Understanding the Efficiency Rating of Furnaces and Boilers
- Retrofitting Furnaces and Boilers
- Replacing Furnaces and Boilers
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Efficient Cooling Systems
Ventilation is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings. Ventilation works best when combined with methods to avoid heat buildup. In some cases, natural ventilation will suffice for cooling, although it usually needs to be supplemented with spot ventilation, ceiling fans, and window fans.
- Avoiding Heat Buildup
- Natural Ventilation
- Ceiling Fans and Other Circulating Fans
- Window Fans
- Whole House Fans
- Air Conditioning
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Biomass is plant matter such as trees, grasses, agricultural crops or other biological material. It can be used as a solid fuel, or converted into liquid or gaseous forms, for the production of electric power, heat, chemicals, or fuels.
Sources of Biomass:
- Burning Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
- Collecting landfill gas or biogas
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