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It is time, as a matter of pride, as well as a matter of national security, for the United States of America to lead the world in the energy revolution, and not lag behind Japan or Germany.

Senator John Kerry

Energy Conservation

A Brief Description:

Conserving energy may be the best source of renewable energy. In a nutshell, there are two ways of reducing the use of energy:

  • Increasing energy efficiency, to output the same level of goods and services with a smaller amount of energy input. (Examples of this approach: LEV, LED Lighting)
  • Decreasing the amount of a certain activity, or reduce the quality of a service, to reduce the amount of energy needed.

    On a larger scale, energy conservation involves an element of energy policy. The need to increase the available supply of energy (for example, through the creation of new power plants, or by the importation of more energy) is lessened if societal demand for energy can be reduced, or if growth in demand can be slowed. Energy conservation is also an important part of the debates over climate change and the replacement of non-renewable resources with renewable energy.

    The bottom line is, encouraging energy conservation among consumers is often a cheaper or more environmentally sensitive alternative to increased energy production.

31 Jan 2007 03:47:06

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