People have always been fascinated with energy. Since the early days of wind power, we have always wanted to truly master energy. In the today’s 21st century we are faced with the task of trying to create a world where this fascination is harnessed by clean energy.
Why is clean energy so important?
Clean energy is one of the most pressing issues in the world.
Green energy, also known as sustainable energy, is created from sources other than fossil fuels. These sources are considered eco friendly when they originate from a resource that does not contribute to the pollution of the environment or depletion of its resources. This is important because there is a real risk that so many resources for energy will be depleted that there will not be enough to meet the needs of future generations.Add a comment
For decades we have been taught not to waste energy. We know that we should turn off lights and water when we aren’t using them. We know we should insulate our homes to prevent heat loss and cut down on air conditioning. We know everything should be done as efficiently as possible. But still we are wasting an endless amount of energy and most of this is heat energy. It follows, of course, that scientists are working to find a way to turn that waste heat back into a usable energy source.Add a comment
The quest to find clean, renewable energy sources has led scientists from around the world on an incredible journey across our planet. Research has been conducted using sunlight, wind, and water to find solutions. Breakthroughs have occurred with algae; bacteria, waste products, motion, and almost anything else you could imagine to either create energy or perfect production. Now scientists are looking a little further from home for a solution to our growing energy crisis.Add a comment
Renewable energy is popular talk among people today. Many are aware of some sort of renewable resources that are used for energy. Nonrenewable resources are rapidly being depleted and have harmful effects on the environment. In contrast renewable energy is more efficient in costs and on the planet. Natural energy is better all around. There are many sources for renewable resources available today for energy.Add a comment
All the energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished is classified as renewable energy. Major sources of renewable energy include sunlight, rain, wind, and tides.
Renewable energy gained a lot of momentum in the last couple of years, in the context of climate change, of high oil prices, and of the numerous environmental issues that trouble the planet.Add a comment
With the recent surge in the concern over the environment renewable energy has become popular. There are many choices of renewable energy now available. The use of renewable energy is not new. Throughout history people have used renewable energy like wind and water as tools for power they need. However today with recent innovations there are many ways other renewable energy can be used.Add a comment
Piezoelectricity is the charge that is generated in certain materials, mostly crystals, when they experience mechanical strain. This technology is already being used in a variety of common tools such as cigarette lighters and push-ignition barbecue grills. Piezoelectricity has the potential to provide us with a great source of green energy if it is properly utilized. As with many other renewable energy sources, scientists are diligently working to find the best possible ways to harvest piezoelectric energy.Add a comment
There is exciting news for Earth-lovers everywhere! It seems the message has finally gotten through and countries all over the world are taking important steps to switch to eco-friendly energy sources. Aside from the constant flow of new ideas and inventions that are being tested, several areas are pushing ahead to the actual use of green energy.Add a comment
In your life, you are probably doing everything you can to preserve our environment: recycling, switching to energy-efficient vehicles and appliances, and conserving water. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could shop greener as well? You can. One way to do so is to purchase products made from recycled materials or environmentally friendly ingredients. Another way is to promote businesses that incorporate eco-friendly practices. There are many companies that are making greener choices in their operations but a few are taking it seriously and are going above and beyond in their efforts to care for the planet. Here are some of the environmental superstars:
Intel, manufacturer of electronic chips for computers, is making tremendous efforts to promote green energy by purchasing 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy certificates, providing 100% of their energy usage. In addition, they have installed on-site solar power systems at several of their facilities. In further attempts to go green, Intel has implemented programs to control emissions, promote water conservation, and participate in recycling at all of their facilities.
Kohl’s, a department store chain, is ranked #2 on the EPA’s list of retail renewable energy purchasers, with 100% of their energy consumption coming from renewable sources. Kohl’s is also currently installing solar power systems in 100 of its stores in six states. In an effort to cut emissions, Kohl’s has 41% of their inbound goods transported by rail, which is much less harmful to the environment.
Starbucks, coffee house giant, is also making a great effort to go green. At this time, 50% of their energy use comes from renewable energy sources. They are also working on replacing Styrofoam cups with a more environmentally-friendly alternative, expanding their recycling program, reducing water waste, purchasing more ecologically responsible materials, and implementing energy-efficient building designs.
Johnson & Johnson, manufacturer of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and beauty aids, is another green powerhouse. They purchase 100% of their used energy from renewable sources and have added 978 hybrid vehicles to the corporate fleet.
Staples office supply stores not only use 100% green power but also produce 1.8 million kilowatts of energy per year from their own 30 rooftop solar power systems. They also make it a policy to make as many purchases as possible from green suppliers.
REI, provider of outdoor gear, has an ambitious plan to become completely climate neutral by the year 2020. They currently fill 92% of their power needs from green energy. In addition, REI funds an environmental education program and contributes to several eco-friendly causes.
It is encouraging to see companies making such strides toward environmental responsibility.Add a comment