Concerns regarding the state of the environment, increased U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports and the need to diversify the country’s energy resources have led to increased research in developing more energy efficient ways to produce power. Encouraging both energy efficiency and conservation will not only protect the environment, but promote national energy security, save consumers money and strengthen the economy.
Solar energy is a renewable energy source, is free, and does not pollute. For a growing number of users, Solar Panel, Solar Heating and Solar Lighting is a winner. The cost of energy produced by these systems continues to drop. Once you recover the higher initial costs of a solar system through lower utility bills, your solar system will require expenditures only for maintenance. If you include the cost of a solar water heater in a mortgage on a new home, the system often provides a positive monthly cash flow from the first day of ownership. The Solar Buildings Program offers a free software program that allows you to determine how much money you'll save by installing a solar water heater in your new home.
Domestic Energy Oil & Gas
Allowing access to domestic oil and natural gas resources as part of a comprehensive energy strategy would significantly reduce U.S. reliance on imports, improve domestic energy security, diversify supply, increase economic development and generate local, state and federal revenue.
Underdeveloped offshore resources in Santa Barbara County include potential reserves of 2.93 billion barrels of oil and 5.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Santa Barbara County was picked 3rd out of 16 choices nationwide as a practical, safe, and ecologically suitable location for tapping these domestic resources.
Biomass - Plants and Animals
Biomass is organic material made from plants and animals. Biomass contains stored energy from the sun. Biomass is a renewable energy source because we can grow more trees and crops, and waste will always exist. Some examples of biomass fuels are wood, crops, manure, and some garbage. Biomass fuels provide about 4% of the energy used in the United States. Researchers are trying to develop ways to use more biomass to transform waste to a resource.
Biofuels - Ethanol and Biodiesel
Biofuels are transportation fuels like ethanol and biodiesel that are made from biomass materials. These fuels are usually blended with the petroleum fuels — gasoline and diesel fuel, but they can also be used on their own. Ethanol and biodiesel are clean fuels. Biodiesel is a fuel made from vegetable oils, fats, or greases — such as recycled restaurant grease. Biodiesel fuel can be used in diesel engines without changing them. It is the fastest growing alternative fuel in the United States. Biodiesel, a renewable fuel, is safe, and biodegradable.
Wind - A Clean Fuel
Wind energy is an economical power resource in many areas of the country. Wind is a clean fuel; produce no air or water pollution because no fuel is burned to generate electricity. Wind power capacity in the United States has grown substantially over the past 10 years and still a largely untapped resource.
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