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How To Get Off Oil

How To Get Off Oil

This guest post is by GR8Fires of www.gr8fires.co.uk.

Our dependence on oil, and its effect on the environment and prices, is a major crisis of our time. A little effort by every can make a big difference, so here are some small tips to cut down your oil consumption.

Your Home

The impact of Heating oil is fast becoming a major issue in New York where the polluted air irritates the lungs and aggravates conditions like asthma and emphysema.

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There are some high-tech alternatives on offer like Biomass Boilers which are fuelled by wood chips and pellets, or the more traditional and elegant wood-burning stove which is cheap, reliable and oil-free.

Your Car

Cars are evolving quickly and the hope is that alternatives like Hybrid and Electric models will soon replace petrol/diesel vehicles.

You all know the usual tips of reducing trips and carpooling as much as possible, but try to stay up to date on the latest developments in eco-friendly cars, like the upcoming Honda Fit EV which will include free collision insurance, routine maintenance and road side assistance.

Honda Fit EV

Source: http://automobiles.honda.com

Your Food

Food producers are falling over each other to gain the edge in the Green Market for example, Marks and Spencer recently declared it was ‘carbon neutral.’

There are a lot of ways you can reduce your oil consumption when it comes to food, keeping a small vegetable patch would help, as would making fewer trips to the supermarket, but perhaps it is best to keep an eye out for ethical companies like the rather delightful Rococo Chocolate who sell chocolate online and deliver their goods across the Atlantic in their own ship, The Tres Hombres.

Your Vacation

Leaded petrol may have been banned from many countries years ago but it is still a major component of Jet fuel and is one of the world’s largest sources of pollution. Many countries plan to switch to unleaded Jet fuel in the near future.

In the meantime, you can be more adventurous and sign up for a cruise, or support the growing Carbon Neutral Plane Program, which compensates for 100% of their plane’s CO2 emissions.

Carbon Neutral Plane

Source: carbonneutralplane.com

Failing that, the economic downturn is the perfect excuse to explore unseen wonders in your own country, hop on a train or head to the coast to experience the place you have always meant to go to.

Your Country

Although most countries are now making an effort to become green, Sweden is leading the way. It aims to be the world’s first oil-free economy by 2020.

The West could gain a lot by following their example, already the majority of homes are heated by steam and hot water generated by geothermal energy and most of the power stems from nuclear and hydroelectricity.

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Fossil Fuels and Politics

Is It A Lack Of Education Or Do We Really Not Care?

Guest post written by Alex Duthie from Find Energy Savings.

When it comes to putting something on the political agenda, our politicians seem to be taking a big risk with renewables. Because as it turns out – Americans are not very well educated when it comes to what all this green stuff means.

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A few years ago a study into energy revealed that 40% of adult Americans didn’t know what a fossil fuel was, let alone name one. 50% couldn’t have said what a source of renewable energy might be. While it is true that times have changed and the last couple of years will have seen more public awareness of these issues – is it really enough for it to become a hot political topic?

The argument could be that politics will only offer us messages on things which they feel will win them votes. They wouldn’t be talking about fossil fuels and renewables if it wasn’t something we all were interested in – surely? Well, maybe it is just the type of voters which they are aiming for which is the point.

Those people who are poorly educated, in low paying jobs or on welfare are the least likely groups of people to vote and are also unlikely to have much interest in whether their energy is coming from a renewable source. Their main concern might be whether they can pay for it.

Political parties will aim their rhetoric at those people who are most likely to vote for them and in the US that seems to be the middle classes.

Lets face it – renewable energy versus fossil fuels is a debate which is only had around middle American dinner tables. It is a topic which politicians realize is not going to be of much interest to the average low paid, working voter, or indeed those who fail to vote in any case.

The fact that many American’s know little about this issue is more of a failure of government than a lack of interest. The government has failed to engage people in the debate by not offering the right amount of education at an early stage. An entire generation of people have missed out on energy knowledge and are unable to form an opinion.

So where is the real incentive to encourage renewables? The politicians don’t see it as a vote winner – because most people don’t seem to care. If the aim is to encourage non-voters to head for the ballots the focus needs to be on the issues which affect them directly and renewables is not one of those hot topics. The question is – will it ever be?

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