The human requirement for the consumption of energy will only increase because the human population keeps growing (Berg & Hager, 2007). Among others, this would be one of the reasons why the conservation of energy is extremely important in our environment.
Another reason why the conservation of energy is important is that this consumption of energy will also increase as many developing countries raise their standards of living (Berg & Hager, 2007).
If you look at the birth rate on this planet and the increasing numbers of developing countries raising their standard of living, it is not difficult to realize that it is only a matter of time before we could no longer have any energy to consume. Therefore, if you analyze all of these facts, you can easily see why it is so important for us to conserve energy.
Renewable energy is a better alternative to non-renewable energy. This is because non-renewable energy created from resources like coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy (Berg & Hager, 2007) cannot be renewed once these resources are no longer available.
Once the resources are all depleted, then that type of creation of energy can no longer be used. So you can see that if we rely on only these types of resources, with the increase of demand it will only be a matter of time before we would no longer have any energy.
In the other hand, resources of renewable energy can be renewable. If you look at renewal energy created from fuel cells, solar cells, or solar heating, then you will see that the renewable resource is the sun. Another type of renewable energy is wind energy, which uses wind as a resource. Or geothermal energy that uses the earth interior for the generation of energy (Berg & Hager, 2007).
Look at all these types of renewable energy and you will see a constant. All of the resources used for the creation of the renewable energy mention will always be there. The sun, wind, and the earth interior will always be there for us.
As you can clearly see that energy conservation is paramount to our environment, so we need to implement methods to conserve energy while helping the environment. There are currently several methods to help in the conservation of energy.
When you choose any or all of the methods to conserve energy, not only are you helping the environment but, in many cases, help you financially. One thing you can do to start right away is to take inventory of all technologies contained within your home. Then look for more efficient technologies to replace these old technologies with.
For example looking at your water heater you can see the energy consumption. Then research another model that will use less energy. I believe that replacing all of the technologies within your home with more energy efficient technology; will significantly reduce not only your energy consumption but your energy bill as well.
Another thing you can do to is to equip your home with solar panels for electricity and solar heater for water heater from company like The Alt E Store (Alt E Store, 2010). This will be a big investment initially but it will pay off in the long run since you will be able to minimize or eliminate your electricity bill. Another thing you can do is to examine the insulation on your home and make sure that it is well-insulated and air tight. This will make your already efficient air cooling and heating system work efficiently. In some cases if the home is super insulated, it will not require a furnace during the cold season (Berg & Hager, 2007).
The United States Government has different incentives design to help promote energy conservation. These programs are design to reward those citizens who are doing their part in the nation-wide conservation of energy. The U.S. Government feels that if they give an incentive to promote energy conservation, then more and more people will adopt these technologies and in doing so help the current energy crisis.
The U.S. Department of Energy lists some of the technologies that could get you either a tax credit, which reduces your taxes dollar-per-dollar or a tax reduction, which reduces the percentage of the tax that it is owed (The United States Department of Energy, 2010).
Among many other programs listed on the U.S. Department of Energy website, one of the programs is the “Home Energy Efficiency Improvement Tax Credit”. The U.S. Department of Energy says that any consumer who purchase and install specific products like energy-efficient windows, insulation, doors, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment in existing homes can receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost (up to $1,500) for improvements placed in service starting January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010 (The United States Department of Energy, 2010). There are many other tax credit programs that you can take advantage depending on the type of home improvement you are doing in your home. I recommend that you visit the government websites to learn more about the many opportunities available to you.
As you can see from all the information provided, it is extremely important for all of us to help in the energy conservation effort which helps our environment. Not only does it help you consume less energy but your energy bill will be reduced.
We also learn that there are many government incentive programs that you can take advantage tax credits. Energy conservation is paramount to all of us. It helps you use less energy, which in turn helps the environment.
The government helps you with some of the cost involved with the installation via tax breaks, and it helps you financial since your bill could be reduce. Help the environment by helping yourself.
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The United States Department of Energy. (2010). Tax Breaks: Consumer Energy Tax Incentives. Retrieved from The United States Department of Energy: http://www.energy.gov/taxbreaks.htm