Energy Resource Plan
As the power bill is nearing to be three times as much as it has been, one thing on every household’s mind is, how are we going to conserve energy? Conserving energy is more than just “saving the planet”. It is preserving earth for future generations, your kids, your grandkids, and your lineage. We need to treat the earth like a precious family heirloom that is nearing its breaking point. There are two categories of energy: renewable and nonrenewable. Renewable energy comes from resources that are continually renewed by the earth without human help such as wind, rain, sunlight, and geothermal heat. Nonrenewable energy comes from resources that exist in limited amounts such as coal, oil and natural gas, and nuclear energy. The world mainly functions on nonrenewable energy sources because it is cheaper than trying to use renewable energy. Renewable energy sources can be cheap but only after steep initial costs for startup. There are many things we can each do in our own homes to conserve energy. Some things are cheaper and easier to do than others. I advise to start with what you can and then work your way up. Some easy and far from costly things we can do in our homes are turning off devices and appliances when they are not in use, swap out appliances for more energy efficient appliances, change light bulbs to fluorescent ones, and seal spots where air can easily escape such as around doors and windows. Some other methods to conserve energy have pretty steep upfront costs but really pay off in the long run and some of these methods require community participation. One method that is pricey but does not require community participation would be to install solar paneling. This will help cut your electric bill during the day and you would only have to pay for what you use at night. I think it is important for the government to lead by example. The government needs to open more recycling centers. Here on Guam there aren’t many and the ones we...
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