Experts state that we have roughly one century to develop ample, realistic and cost-effective strategies to replace our existing fossil fuel resources.
The widespread accessibility of fossil fuels have led to tremendous technological breakthroughs and unthinkable comfort levels for mankind. On the surface fossil fuels seem to be inexpensive, clean and promptly accessible. Unfortunately, after a closer assessment, the idea of using fossil fuels to power our global economy is not as clean, inexpensive and accessible as one might presume.
Below are some energy conservation tips that you can immediately take advantage of to keep the Base electricity consumption low and reduce strain on the electrical grid:
- Seal off any unused areas and reduce or eliminate heating in these spaces. Storage rooms, warehouses, and unoccupied areas are potential “Energy Vampires”.
- Keep the shipping doors closed when they are not in use. One shipping door can exhaust as much as 35 per cent of the treated air to the outdoors in a 20-minute time span.
- If you are decorating your facility with Christmas lights do your part and make use of the new Christmas L.E.D lighting technology. It takes 140 LED Christmas light bulbs to use the same amount of electricity as one 7-watt incandescent Christmas light bulb.
Below are some home energy conservation tips that you can immediately take advantage of to conserve energy and keep money in your pockets:
- Make sure that your furnace is kept clean and lubricated for optimized efficiency. Change your furnace filter regularly as dirty filters reduce airflow that in turn makes your furnace work harder.
- During the heating season when you are not at home or asleep try setting your thermostat to 18 Deg C (64 Deg F). When your home is occupied set your thermostat to 20 Deg C (68 Deg F). If you go on vacation, try setting you thermostat to 16 Deg C (60.8 Deg F).
- Use a nightlight to light hallways where you don’t need the full overhead light. Be sure to turn the nightlight off during the day.
Remember: think globally, act locally.
By: Alex Savu, Energy Manager, RP OPS Det. Borden