Daylight is very important to our daily lives. That may seem obvious on the surface, but when it comes to energy use, people may not be quite as aware of its importance. Daylight Saving Time was implemented during World War I to reduce electricity use during the day. The same still holds true today. In 2008, the Department of Energy studied the energy consumption during the newly extended DST, and they found that the extra four weeks of DST save about half a percent of total electricity use per day. That translates to about 1.3 billion kilowatt hours, enough energy to power more than 100,000 homes for a year.
But daylight energy savings doesn’t apply solely to a set period of the year. If you’re in the market for a new home, consider finding one that is geared toward daylighting. Daylighting means that your home takes advantage
LED light bulbs are not new to the market in terms of how fast technology develops. They are far more efficient than incandescent bulbs and safer than compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). LED bulbs emit a lot of light for considerably less electricity as their counterparts. However, many of the LED bulbs available have more directed light rather than ambient light. The way they are constructed directs the light out more akin to a flashlight than a typical light bulb. The Nanoleaf bulb helps change that with its innovative design. Not only does it emit omnidirectional light, but it emits 1600 lumens of brightness per 12 watts. Other LED bulbs with that brightness require 20-22 watts.
The Nanoleaf accomplishes this by being the first ever printed circuit board LED bulb. These circuit boards allow for a more complex organization of the LEDs to create a light that is
The American Red Cross has helped hundreds of thousands of people since it was founded by Clara Barton in 1881. The organization helps support military families, provides relief during and after natural disasters, and helps distribute more than 40% of the donated blood supply in the country. The organization thrives off of the donated time, money, and blood that people volunteer on a daily basis. This month, we at Source Power & Gas want to recognize their efforts.
Blood supplies do not last indefinitely, so the American Red Cross receives about 5.6 million blood donations from 3.3 million volunteers. The American Red Cross depends on these volunteers and their generous donations, due to the high demand of medical procedures that require blood transfusions. Because of these generous donations, The Red Cross has been able to develop tests for infectious diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis, West Nile and Chagas.
In just under a decade, the United States has completely changed the energy market around for itself. Eight years ago, the production of oil in the country was rapidly decreasing and natural gas was rarely found in mainstream use. However, as of November 2013, the United States pumps out 50% more oil than it did seven years prior, totaling about 7.7 million barrels per day. At the rate the U.S. is going, the country will be able to produce 11 million barrels per day by 2020. Getting to this current position of energy prowess took considerable effort and some “out of the box” thinkers. With the help of energy pioneer George Mitchell, workers in the oil industry began drilling and hydraulic fracturing dense shale to release gas from the earth’s crust. This process has become known as fracking and is key to the natural gas industry.
Nine major cities and two states have passed laws requiring commercial buildings to provide a baseline for their energy use to be compared to similar buildings. By providing this information, it is possible to determine ways to cut energy use and improve the overall efficiency of the buildings.
Deep Energy Retrofits
Deep energy retrofits are powerful methods to help improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. Numerous companies, including big names such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, and AT&T, have made deep energy retrofits to their buildings. These retrofits are very in-depth and look at all ways to improve the building’s efficiency. They even cover remodeling and construction of efficient structures that optimize energy use for lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
China has become a center point for air pollution control lately. As such, they have
The energy industry saw a major improvement in green initiatives during 2013, including cheaper green energy sources, improved energy storage, and rise of electric vehicles. All of these improvements and innovations will help steer the world toward being sustainably energy independent.
Cheaper Renewable Energy
There are still some states in the United States that do not have a renewable portfolio standard, which means they aren’t required to have a certain amount of green energy sources for their power grids. Because of this, states like Georgia, Alabama, Minnesota and Colorado, energy companies have been able to start offering renewable energy sources at a lower rate than coal or gas. Georgia and Alabama have been purchasing wind energy from Oklahoma. Colorado is investing heavily in solar energy production, which Minnesota residents are able to purchase for less than the cost of natural gas.
Ocean wildlife plays a major part in the ecosystem of our planet, and it’s important that we take care of them. Seeing the importance of ocean wildlife, the oil and gas industry has decided to step their game up in contributing to the well-being of ocean creatures, like whales and dolphins. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) of Switzerland has paired their Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel with Sakhalin Energy Investment of Russia to find ways of reducing the impact of drilling on aquatic species.
When looking for viable drill locations, the energy industry uses seismic surveys to map the sea floor. In order to do this, survey ships tow powerful air guns that fire toward the ocean floor. There are no physical projectiles from these guns; only sound. That sound however is incredibly loud, especially for creatures living underwater. Sensors on the ship pick up the echo
The Pentland Firth is an island channel between Scotland’s northeastern tip and the cluster of islands just offshore. This channel has some of the fastest tidal currents in the world, and that power could meet half of Scotland’s needs for electricity. It is estimated that 4.3 gigawatts of power can potentially be tapped from tidal currents. Since no turbine is 100% efficient, an estimated 1.9 gigawatts could potentially be harnessed, which is still double previous estimates. To harness this immense power, the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh have targeted specific locations to install underwater tidal turbines. The strong currents would behave much like wind, but far more predictable and sustained.
Scotland aims to be 100% green energy self-sufficient by 2020, and the technology for harnessing tidal currents may jump start that process. In fact, thanks to this potential untapped energy, Scotland has been referred
Flying cars have been a dream of man since the first airplane was created. The concept was highly popularized in the 1989 film Back to the Future II, when the eccentric character Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown said the well-known line “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads,” before taking to the sky in a flying Delorean. While we aren’t at the point where you’ll see silver cars with gull-wing doors hovering around, Slovak engineer Stefan Klein has built a prototype flying car known as the Aeromobil. There have been other prototype flying cars built, but only the Aeromobil has been called the “world’s prettiest and best designed airborne automobile” by US aviation magazine Flying.
Unlike the boxier prototypes of other flying car manufacturers, the Aeromobil has a very sleek, jet-like design. In September of 2013, Klein took to the skies in the Aeromobil’s first
Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope you have had a day filled with love and warmth. We’d like to share a few tips that will help you love your energy bill.
Electronics help us with our day-to-day lives, as they provide the convenience of immediate entertainment and fast access to work related files and emails. However, did you know that even when electronics are off, they still drain electricity? And that drain can really add up with all the electronics in the average home. Televisions, DVD players, game systems, laptops, PCs, cell phones and tablet chargers all use electricity, even if they are powered down. The only way to ensure they are truly off is to unplug them. An easy switch to lower your bill is to use power strips, where you can shut off all the electronics in an entertainment center with the push of