We use energy in our homes, businesses, industries and transportation. Major sources of energy consumption are:
Energy can be categorized as either renewable or non-renewable.
Different energy sources have different effects on our environment, such as emissions, waste, and the impacts of land and water use.
Electricity is one of the most widely used forms of energy in the United States, and we get it from the conversion of other sources, like coal, nuclear or solar energy. The process of converting fossil fuels to energy results in many harmful outcomes. The combustion of fossil fuels produces emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX), and particulate matter (PM). Nearly all of these have negative impacts on the environment and our health:
Energy conservation is any behavior that results in the use of less energy. Since most of the energy we use comes form non-renewable fossil fuels, conservation reduces demand and lessens negative environmental impact. In addition to preserving resources, energy conservation saves money and improves the quality of our environment. Here are some simple steps you can take:
By making simple changes in your daily routine, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, while saving hundreds of dollars in fuel costs.