Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lower Your Dependency on Fossil Fuels Now!


Lower your dependency on fossil fuels today! Pass it on!

- Fuel prices are at an all time high and expect to go up
- Corn and soy prices are rising due to the need for alternative fuels and floods are devastating crops
- Industry is calling to drill for oil in protected areas but the oil may only last 2.5 years at our current rate of consumption. This just pushes off the problem another 2 years.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/allBreakingNews/idUKN1825856920080618

The good news is according to the national news tonight Americans are cutting back on driving. We reduced the number of miles driven by 4.4 million in April compared to April of last year and according to the report the trend is expected to continue. Despite an increase in population and the number of vehicles that puts us at 2005 levels. It will be interesting to see how much the decline has increased now that gas is over $4.00 a gallon.

You can lower our nation's consumption of fossil fuels! - Let's continue the trend.
http://www.startribune.com/business/18148539.html

Who is using fossil fuels and how much?
- Petroleum products
http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_cons_psup_dc_nus_mbblpd_a.htm
- Petroleum product consumption
http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/steo/pub/gifs/Fig14.gif
- Fossil Fuel is 40% of the fuel we use
http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/page/prelim_trends/rea_prereport.html


Reduce your fuel consumption by:

* Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL's)
* Walking and biking
* Carpooling or taking public transportation only when you must - cut back driving errands to once a week - consolidate your trips
* Lowering your heat in the winter and air conditioner in the summer
* Turning off lights and electronic equipment when not in use--even in "standby" mode, electronics still consume energy- unplug equipment not in use
* Buying high efficiency appliances
* Using people and animal power, geothermal, wind and other renewable energy resources
* Investing in renewable technologies
* Using email and buy items produced locally to lower the need for shipping
* Doing these things at your workplace, church, market, etc.

Saving Time and Keeping a small carbon footprint!


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