Many of us don’t know any more what to believe about the problems mentioned in the newspapers about the shrinking oil reserves, the greenhouse effect and all other issues related to the environment. What we do notice, however, is the drastically rising prices of fossil fuel and other fossil fuel based combustibles, as well as the ever growing pollution in our living environment and its effect on our lives.
The rising prices for fossil oil is just a simple marketing principle that when a product is getting scarce the price will rise. This problem will even get worse with fossil fuels in the future as reserves start to dwindle even more rapidly and only select countries remain dominating the market. Luckily people are getting more conscious about the use of fossil combustibles and also about the environment we live in. Here is where renewable energy and the “No Waste Principle” kicks into place. The planet will not be able to sustain the human race in the long run due to humanity’s enormous foot print. Eco systems are being damaged and are disappearing rapidly, while Mother Earth is warming up and the sea level is rising. People are confronted with the phenomena of climate change and are slowly starting to switch to renewable energy. Although this change is a good beginning all indications are that the rate of change is simply not enough. The transition to shifting to renewable energy is in fact lasting too long. Some people and societies are switching to renewable energy fast, while others are slow to adopt, and some have unfortunately not even started yet.
What we really need is a paradigm shift where people start to realize the need to have an energy conscious lifestyle and switch to renewable energy and applying the “No Waste Principle”.
With this energy conscious life style comes the introduction of the “No Waste Principle.” This principle entails making and using all resources, old and new production systems, existing and new buildings, existing and new installations, the production and use of renewable energy, as well as the use and reuse of so-called waste, more energy efficient. Waste should be considered to be raw material for another sub process. The switch to renewable energy and the “No Waste Principle” is not that easy as most of our lives are based on the centuries old use of fossil energy or on fossil energy derived processes.
The big question then is how we can get the message across and move people toward the use of renewable energy and applying the “No Waste Principle”.
World leaders and international organizations are starting to take responsibility and are trying to answer questions on global warming, while implementing regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emission as well as our human footprint.
In November 2015 the United Nations organized the COP21 in Paris, where 195 countries agreed on a temperature rise on earth of no more than 2°C by the year 2020. Although a lot of countries would rather have a maximum of 1.5°C temperature rise, the 2°C is at least a starting point. All the country leaders, present at the COP21, are working on carbon dioxide reduction and the implementation of renewable energy, while at the same time trying to urge people and businesses to cut on energy use and be more energy efficient.
Reducing energy use and enhancing your energy efficiency by applying renewable energy and the “No Waste Principle” will not only enhance your well-being and help you cut your energy bill, but it will also help to reduce carbon dioxide emission and ultimately help save our precious Mother Earth.
If we, worldwide, simply look at our daily lives, our home, our car, our appliances, our food chain as well as our existing production methods, we are sure to find trillions of ways to apply the “No Waste Principle” and consequently reduce energy use and cut energy costs.
The two following simple examples illustrate and drive home the simplicity of applying the “No Waste Principle”. Why should I let the air-conditioning unit run the whole day in a room that I will use only one hour to get a nap. Changing our approach by starting the air-conditioning unit 10 minutes before we enter the room and shutting if off on the timer 10 minutes before we leave the room, will save us hundreds of dollars on yearly basis. The same goes for heating. Just condition the room or space you frequently use and do it only when needed.
Another example is the random use of our car. By planning our shopping and avoiding an aggressive riding style we can save more than 30% on fuel each month.
Let’s remember than that an energy conscious lifestyle and switching to renewable energy is no longer a nice thing to do, but it has become a must. Mother Earth requires our help. The effects of making the change are also good for our overall well-being both individually as well as collectively as a human race.