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Title: IS STRICT ENERGY CONSERVATION NECESSARY AND SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE INVOLVED?


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IS STRICT ENERGY CONSERVATION NECESSARY AND
SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE INVOLVED?
  • By Lucas Amarose, Joshua Tisdel, Sara Justave
    and Britney Williams

2
What is Energy Conservation?
  • Energy conservation refers to reducing energy
    consumption through using less of an energy
    service
  • Energy conservation differs from energy
    efficiency, which refers to using less energy for
    a constant service.
  • These concepts are often confused with one
    another.

3
Examples of Energy Conservation
  • Energy conservation is more than just
    electricity.
  • There are over 100 ways to conserve energy
    falling under numerous categories.
  • These categories range from
  • Electricity
  • Roofing
  • Heating and cooling
  • Windows
  • Water heating
  • Appliance usage
  • https//www.progress-energy.com/carolinas/home/sav
    e-energy-money/energy-saving-tips-calculators/100-
    tips.page?

4
EXAMPLES CONTD
  • http//www.resnet.us/smarthome?gclidCISwne-wpsICF
    bBm7Aod4zUAsA
  • Residential Energy Services Network
  • Smart Home is an interactive program.

5
VIEWPOINT ONE STRICT ENERGY CONSERVATION IS
NECESSARY
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WHY ?
  • Saves money
  • Average household spends 5,500 annually on
    energy
  • Improves the economy
  • In 2010 created more than 830,000 jobs nationwide
  • Better for the environment
  • Less emissions / pollutants

8
WHY?
  • Improves national security
  • Decreases dependence on foreign nations
  • Enhances quality of life
  • Insulation keeps a.c. or heat inside
  • Reduces surface and ground water pollution
  • Less extraction of fossil fuels / coal

9
WHY?
  • Reduces the disruption of natural habitats (land
    / wildlife)
  • Resulting from equipment used in energy obtaining
    projects
  • Fewer opportunities for oil spilling and
    transportation

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VIEWPOINT TWOSTRICT ENERGY CONSERVATION IS NOT
NECESSARY
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RELIABILITY OF SUPPLY
  • One shortcoming is that renewable energy relies
    heavily upon the weather for sources of supply
    rain, wind, and sunshine.
  • In the event of weather that doesnt produce
    these kinds of climate conditions renewable
    energy sources lack the capacity to make energy.
  • Since it may be difficult the generate the
    necessary energy due to the unpredictable weather
    patterns, we may need to reduce the amount of
    energy we use.

14
DIFFICULT TO GENERATE LARGE QUANTITY
  • Another disadvantage of renewable energy is that
    it is difficult to generate large amount of
    energy as those produced by coal powered plants.
  • This means that either we need to set up more
    such facilities to match up with the growing
    demand or look out for ways to reduce our energy
    consumption.

15
LARGE CAPITAL COST
  • Initial investments are quite high in case of
    building renewable energy plants.
  • These plants require upfront investments to
    build, have high maintenance expenses and require
    careful planning and implementation

16
LARGE TRACTS OF LAND REQUIRED
  • To meet up with the large quantities of
    electricity produced by fossil fuels, large
    amount of solar panels and wind farms need to be
    set up.
  • For this, large tracts of land is required to
    produce energy quantities competitive with fossil
    fuel burning.

17
COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS
  • Disposal of the light bulbs are not convenient
    because the bulbs contain mercury.
  • Potential hazard if bulb breaks mercury could get
    in the air.
  • They are expensive.

18
SOLAR PANELS
  • Purchase price and installation cost.
  • No generation of power when its raining or
    snowing or when covered with snow.
  • Resources used in the manufacturing and
    distribution.
  • Some incentive programs have limiting funding and
    waitlist programs.
  • Visible lights.

19
WIND TURBINES
  • Purchase price and installation cost.
  • Resources used in the manufacture and
    distribution of wind turbines.
  • Visual blight.
  • Groupings of turbines might harm birds and bats.
  • Makes noise that sounds like a distant helicopter
    when it spins, whining noise when running slower.

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DISADVANTAGES
  • The first disadvantage and probably the biggest
    one of energy conservation is nature itself.
  • Many organization decide to use alternative
    energy but then back out right away due to the
    high cost that they will bear.
  • Alternative energy is also hard to setup in
    structures already and most require brand new
    setup systems.
  • They are expensive in general they are more
    expensive then fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are
    readily available and can be used right on site
    while these alternative energy changes variously
    and needs a huge investment to produce any type
    of benefits.

22
OUR VIEWPOINTSTRICT ENERGY CONSERVATION IS
NECESSARY
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WHY?
  • Most of our energy sources are nonrenewable and
    will eventually deplete
  • Alternative energies are safer for the
    environment and produce fewer greenhouse gas
    emissions
  • We can save money in the long run and reduce the
    stress and negative impacts we put on our
    environment
  • Even reducing energy consumption on an individual
    level would still be beneficial

24
  • Second (and MUCH less popular) viewpoint no,
    strict energy conservation is not necessary
  • Instead of people saying its not necessary, they
    instead say how do we go about it?
  • Chinas strict energy conservation policy
    failed because there was a lack of balance,
    sustainability, and coordination

25
CHINAS ENERGY CONSERVATION
  • Because China is the biggest consumer of energy
    and has the most greenhouse gas emissions, they
    have been under a strict 5 year energy
    conservation policy since March 2011
  • Oil conservation is the most important for them
    along with the pressure on people of using
    alternative energy sources
  • China aims to limit energy consumption in 2015 to
    four billion metric tons of coal or its
    equivalent in other fuels

26
  • Chinas first 5 year plan that ended in 2009 was
    unsuccessful
  • They were still unsure of how to even go about
    their new policy and their was much anxiety in
    China

27
IPCC intergovernmental panel on climate change
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SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE INVOLVED?
30
Government Involvement
  • EPAs Green Communities ideas.
  • The GBA or Green Building Alliance
  • A Pittsburgh based non-profit organization
  • Trying to find better alternative fuels, that
    last longer.
  • Alternative fuels arent just for vehicles but
    for operating machines.
  • Alternative fuels can also refer to solar, wind,
    and any other way of producing energy.

31
Helpful Government Answers
  • Lowering the prices
  • Energy is not some magical good that is
    fundamentally different from other goods or
    services.- Craig Pirrong
  • Possible tax incentives

32
SOURCES
  • http//www.alternative-energy-news.info/technology
    /politics/
  • http//www.energy4me.org/energy-facts/energy-conse
    rvation/
  • http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_conservation
  • https//www.progress-energy.com/carolinas/home/sav
    e-energy-money/energy-saving-tips-calculators/100-
    tips.page?
  • http//www.resnet.us/smarthome?gclidCISwne-wpsICF
    bBm7Aod4zUAsA
  • http//www.go-gba.org/
  • http//www.afdc.energy.gov/index.html
  • http//online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324
    030704578426930656340990
  • http//www.benefits-of-recycling.com/disadvantages
    ofalternativeenergy/
  • http//articles.herald-mail.com/2010-04-21/news/25
    202798_1_star-qualified-cfl-bulb-compact-fluoresce
    nt-light-bulbs-cons-of-energy-conservation
  • http//www.conserve-energy-future.com/
  • http//www.conserve-energy-future.com/advantages-a
    nd-disadvantages-of-renewable-energy.php
  • http//www.ase.org/resources/top-5-reasons-be-ener
    gy-efficient
  • http//www.drenergysaver.com/home-energy-audit/ene
    rgy-efficient-home.html
  • http//www.nova.edu/gogreen/conservation/environme
    ntal_benefits.html
  • http//www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/business/energy-
    environment/05energy.html?pagewantedall_r0
  • http//energyinformative.org/why-is-energy-conserv
    ation-important/
  • http//www.energylabel.gov.cn/en/RelatedWorkandPro
    motionalActivities/detail/623.html
  • http//www.energylens.com/articles/energy-manageme
    nt
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