Axia College of University of Phoenix
We all use energy each and every day. We use energy for entertainment, cooking, transportation, lighting, heating, cooling, manufacturing, as well as many other things. According to the Webster Dictionary (2009), energy is defined as just being active. If that is truly the case, then anytime we are doing anything we are being active and using up energy. Shouldn't we try to conserve more energy if that is the case? According to the Business Dictionary (2007), energy conservation is the reduction in the consumption of natural resources by any individual, society, organization, or the economy as a whole. It is the elimination of waste being put back into the Earth and using our resources rationally. There are many ways that we can help to conserve energy thus helping the environment and helping ourselves at the same time. There are two types of energy resources: renewable resources and non-renewable resources. A renewable energy source is one that can never be exhausted; it is constantly replenished (California Energy Commission, 2006). Renewable energy sources consist of solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass energy sources. Solar energy comes from the sun, wind energy comes from wind turbines, hydropower energy comes from water, geothermal energy is energy created from heat inside the Earth, and biomass energy is energy created from firewood, animal manure, crop residues and waste (Department of Environmental Protection, 2009). A non-renewable source is one that can not be replenished in a short period of time (California Energy Commission, 2006). Non-renewable sources are also known as fossil fuels. These fossil fuels are "thought to have been formed from the buried remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago" (Department of Environmental Protection, 2009). Fossil fuels consist of oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy. According to the Energy Conservation (1997), 71.5 percent of the world's electricity is generated from non-renewable resources. There are also certain living and non-living factors that contribute to and are affected by energy conservation. The living factors that contribute to and are affected by energy conservation are plants, animals (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores), and humans. Humans are the main factor contributing to and being affected by energy consumption. Humans are dependant upon fossil fuels for heat and electricity. The food chain is also very apparent and directly related. As we run out of our fossil fuels, we extend to other places to try to find them. By doing this, we are making many plants and animals become closer and closer to extinction. These plants, animals all depend upon one another. The non-living factors that contribute to and are affected by the energy conservation are precipitation, temperature, sunlight, soil, and water. These all can play both roles in energy consumption; contributing and being affected. The water and the sunlight are directly linked with contribution; they can also be contributors to energy production as renewable resources.
Humans also have huge impacts, both positively and negatively, on the conservation of energy. The positive impacts that humans have on the conservation of energy is that we are trying to come up with ways to conserve energy for our future generations; we are coming up with sustainability plans. We are also developing improved items for our ways of life that are also safe for the environment and energy efficient. An example of these items would be the Energy Star light bulbs, washers, and dryers. The negative impacts that humans have on the conservation of energy is that many humans are not aware of exactly how much energy they are using and how it affects the environment and their way of life. The average human uses 50 percent of their energy consumption on air and heat, 20 percent on their water heater, 10 percent on...