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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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