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4/04/2007

Environmental Conscience

Harmless steam clouds coming out of the chimneys. As usual, it's the unseen you should worry about.

Gaby recently sent me the following article:

Energy Saving Switched On, As Sydney Switches Off Power For One Hour
April 2, 2007 6:30 a.m. EST
Sally Grover - All Headline News Contributor

Sydney, Australia (AHN) - Sydney went black in a bid to go green when the city switched off its lights for one hour.

The metropolitan city's Earth Hour challenged residents to turn off their lights, along with the Harbor Bridge and Opera House, in a nod to saving the planet from global warming.

Over 65,000 households and 2,000 businesses participated in the event, which was reportedly equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road for an hour.

Over 20,000 kWh of energy was saved, which translates to the amount of energy used to power 200,000 televisions or two million energy-efficient light bulbs for one hour.

The Sunday night switch off is the first plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent within the next 12 months.

An Energy Australia spokesperson said, "We would have thought about a five per cent reduction would have been a good result, but we've seen a reduction of over 10 per cent. That's a tremendous result. What people would have learnt from this is that energy efficiency is quite simple - it's as simple as flicking a switch. Saving energy is one of the most practical things that we can all do to help reduce carbon emissions."

Though this effort is praiseworthy, I must point out that single-timed efforts like this one are but futile as an approach to energy saving and emission reduction.

You see, electricity is produced in power plants mostly by transforming heat from combustion into mechanical power, which is in turn converted to electricity. Therefore, carbon dioxide (the chief anthropogenic greenhouse gas) emissions are proportional to the energy produced, and if energy demands are high, so will be the greenhouse gas emissions. The thing is energy centrals generate electricity based on average energy demands, for the produced energy cannot be stored. This means that although the plants did reduce emissions during this power off, they were reduced because the power off was planned and scheduled.

The average demands though, will remain unaltered as long as we don't make energy saving a sustained habit. Little things like turning off the lights when we're not in the room, using energy-saving bulbs, or turning off the T.V. while we go to the bathroom, are the ones that really make a difference in energy saving and hence, in greenhouse gas emission reduction.

For more on significant energy saving, I suggest you visit this link.

(And before you ask, I just felt like it.)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jajajaja nombre Manuelito acá en mi jale ya llevamos dos semanas trabajando sin luz, excepto la de las computadoras y los climas, como quiera hay muchas ventanas, esta bien chido, ya nos acostumbramos aquí todos.
Ojála que con el dinero que se ahorren aquí en la empresa en los recibos de luz nos compren pastel y tamales, aquí todos son bien ñoños 8-)
atte.
Gaby

4/04/2007 03:44:00 pm  


Blogger Vent@n@ del @lma said...

hola pequeñin ando un poco de carrera mañana que tenga algo de chance vengo a traducir sip besos

4/07/2007 06:18:00 pm  


Anonymous Emmanuel said...

Hola Manuel:
Que interesante está tu último artículo que te mandaron acerca del calentamiento global, espero que tomemos acción de una vez acerca de ese asunto, nos vemos luego, cuidate allá por donde andes. Bye

4/07/2007 08:04:00 pm  


Blogger Pequeña Saltamontes said...

Hey... i've read this before! But... in fact this was before. I mean... i read it in spanish (poor bears).

Hahaha...

Anyway...

Saludos, besos, abrazos y sonrisas.

9/13/2007 06:41:00 pm  



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