10 Ways to Save Energy
And Prevent Future Oil Wars
The US war on Iraq is largely driven
by America’s thirst for
cheap oil. Iraq has 112 billion barrels of proven oil reserves,
second only to Saudi Arabia. Prior to the war, Iraq’s
daily output capacity was about 2 million barrels, but oil
believe production could surge to 12 million barrels per day if
western oil and engineering companies took over Iraqi oil production.
is appealing to the United States, where 5% of the world’s
population consumes 25% of its oil.
Dependence on oil not only leads
to war, it also causes global warming, acid rain, oil spills
and smog. It is time to wean ourselves
oil and embrace energy efficiency and renewable power (solar,
wind and geothermal).
Following are ten things you can do to help
promote a shift to a more peaceful, just, sustainable planet.
Replace your standard incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent
lights (available in many hardware stores). Compact
use only a quarter as much energy, last ten times as long,
and can save up to $40 in energy over the course of their lives.
When shopping for appliances, make energy efficiency a priority
in your decisions. Visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_index.
Use public transportation, carpool, bike or walk whenever possible.
When purchasing a new car, consider a fuel-efficient model. Visit
car tuned up
and the tires properly inflated. Consolidate errands
5. Make your home energy-efficient with proper
insulation, double-paned windows, water heater blankets, etc.
6. Consider utilizing
non-polluting solar or wind energy. Visit http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid189.php.
Sign up for green energy if it’s available in your state.
Eat lower on the food chain. It takes a tremendous amount of
water and energy to produce meat. Visit
9. Reduce, Reuse,
Recycle. It takes energy to produce every product we use. By
goods, we can
reduce our dependence on oil. Recycling one
aluminum can saves the equivalent
of half a can of gasoline.
10. Vote for politicians
who support a national energy policy based on renewable energy
of Conservation Voters website at http://www.lcv.org.