The conservation of energy includes reducing or eliminating unnecessary energy use and waste. Conservation involves the management and protection of energy resources so that they are not degraded, depleted or wasted and therefore, available on a sustainable basis for use by present and future generations. We, as individuals, may think there is not much we can do to help conserve energy, but through many simple behavioral changes, we all can do a lot. We live in a society where most of us do not give much thought to the energy that we use on a daily basis. Yet, by understanding the basics of energy, we are more likely to want to conserve it and use more efficient resources.
Americans use a lot of energy. In the year 1950, we used about 219 million Btu’s of energy per person a year. By the year 2000, we were using 351 million Btu’s per person a year. A Btu, or British thermal unit, is actually a measure of heat. A single Btu is defined as the amount of energy needed to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. It is about the amount of energy that would be released in one burned matchstick. We use two times as much energy as the British, two and a half times as much energy as the Japanese, and 106 times as much energy as those in Bangladesh! We need to think about what this means. We are a wasteful society and should focus on ways to save energy and prevent waste before we run out of non-renewable resources.
Here is a list that we all can work on to save energy. These are simple behavioral changes we all can make.
Home Energy Usage
Water Conservation Reduces Energy
General conservation measures
Websites for more info on conserving energy
Certified Naturally Grown
Department of Environmental Protection
Environmental Studies Department
PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture)
Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylania