We hear a lot about ensuring that things are sustainable. It’s a buzzword these days. There’s sustainable energy, sustainable business practices, sustainable everything. In the business arena sustainability is a key concern. But you do not tend to hear very much about relationship sustainability.
Garbage is inexhaustible it seems and a growing concern for municipalities. I grew up on Long Island and back in the forties they use to dump it in a big pile and light a match to it. The resultant stink was quite memorable. Growth of Nassau and Suffolk counties of course led to some deep thinking. There are old sand mines they started to dump in but they stunk too. Several towns tried several types of incinerators which was an improvement lost their licenses due to emissions. Finally they built 2 large plants that used technology developed to destroy chemical weapons to burn the trash and use the heat to make steam to run generators. They charge to unload the trash then turn around and sell the power.
Recycle your paper. Home offices consume paper just as much as regular offices do. Are you in the habit of throwing away sheets of paper that you have already used? If the other side is still blank, you can still reuse it as scratch paper. Or you can let your paper pile up and then take it to your local recycling center.
On your appliance you will see the number of watts that each appliance uses. A washing machine creating its power own hot water for example might watts. This is 2 kilowatts per hour.
In recent age, wind energy was mainly used for nothing than milling flour. But, the emergence of technology shows the unlimited benefits one could draw out of wind energy. It is now becoming the main thrust of the government because of its environmental eco friendly and its accessibility. It can be installed in places where there is no connection to the main grid. Now, not only the wind energy is becoming widely accepted as alternative source of energy, solar energy and hydropower as well.
We refer to the power grid when we say “the grid”. It is the linked system that is supposed to deliver electricity to the people. Every general house has a power supply, access to natural gas and water; and not to forget, telephone. Living off the grid would mean not using these facilities and creating their own energy. For example; you are living off the grid when you are not having a water supply line at your home and are relying on the sewage and city water. Digging wells and using the cistern system for water supply is another way in which you can live off the grid.
Reducing energy vs. Health. It’s true that you can reduce your energy consumption and power bill by turning off the heater a bit more (or turning down the central heating) and by lowering the thermostat on your hot water cylinder. However, a warm home where the average room temperature is 15-20C is healthier to live in and helps the body fight off oodles of infections. Also, if your hot water cylinder temperature drops below 60C, it can become a breeding ground for horrible bacteria. Answer: only heat the rooms you need, insulate your house like anything and lag the hot water pipe. Also limit the amount of hot water you use.