Alternative Energy For Dummies by Rik DeGunther

By Rik DeGunther

Get the reality approximately substitute power and make it a part of your life

Want to make use of cleanser, greener forms of strength? This plain-English consultant sincerely explains the preferred varieties of replacement power for you to use in your house, your vehicle, and extra. isolating fantasy from truth, this source explores the present fossil gasoline conundrum, the advantages of choices, and the power of the longer term, resembling hydrogen and gasoline telephone expertise.
* The ABCs of different power — what it truly is, the way it works, and what the genuine expenditures are
* the place we're now — study the place our present power comes from and what sort of longer it's going to final
* Take step one — see how strength potency and conservation can lessen your reliance on fossil fuels
* clutch the choices — from nuclear strength to geothermal power to wooden burning, comprehend the advantages that replacement power could have at the nation
* follow replacement fuels to transportation — from biofuels to unique propulsion to electrical energy, see how they're most sensible used and the way hybrid, all-electric, and gas cell–powered cars work
* Get a peek into the long run — see what the outlook holds for every kind of replacement strength discussed

Open the ebook and locate:
* the professionals and cons of other energy
* A evaluate of the present international power economic system
* the issues with fossil fuels, from smog to worldwide warming
* merits of other energy
* sensible result of choices you should use in way of life
* guidance for making an investment in replacement strength vehicles
* Ten methods you could lead to swap correct now
* perception into the way forward for strength creation — and the way you could put money into it

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Indd 14 4/1/09 10:10:45 PM Chapter 1: What a Mess! 15 Looking ahead to more energy use and waste As the human population grows, the total consumption of energy grows even faster. Bottom line? We humans seek comfort and consistency in our lives. Energy provides this, and so humans seek energy. The reason so much more energy is being consumed per capita is that ordered energy (go to Chapter 2 for an explanation of this concept) takes a lot of raw energy to create. Raw forms of energy, like firewood, give way to more sophisticated forms, like electricity.

I do not push for one solution over another, except that I do push for a wiser course of action. Our energy problems can be solved with alternative energy sources. What America’s policy needs The historical record indicates that societies grow and flourish with more and more energy consumption and that societies that expand and develop their energy-producing facilities conquer those that don’t. This is true militarily, in particular, but it’s also true when one considers questions of the basic quality of life (Chapter 1 explains the connection between the evolution of energy sources and civilization).

Our government’s policy should be to expand the availability of cheap energy, not to try to shrink it. Restricting energy use will surely result in economic stagnation, and nobody is in favor of that. Yet it seems imperative that the use of fossil fuels be reduced, so what happens then? Reducing fossil fuel consumption does not automatically mean lowering the standard of living. You can transition to alternatives. The path is clear and the technologies, while immature, are ready for market. But there is no record of successful societies reducing their fossil fuel use, so the magnitude of the challenge seems daunting.

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