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This column has useful links that help groups, individuals and teams save Energy $ / kWh.

Note: To save energy there must be a baseline metric to show where you are today with your carbon foot-print.

To motivate lower energy use, Go to the “Register” link below with your Electric bill and enter your data in this FREE database so you and your family / employees can see the results of their efforts to reduce energy consumption.

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All of these entities deserve your support and patronage as they have clearly shown how a true commitment to energy savings is good for the environment, business, membership and ongoing client retention – Visit their websites today (below)

Airlie Center (LEED)

Barrel Oak Winery

Brookside Communities

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Highland School (LEED)

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Jesse Straight Pastured Poultry

Pearmund Cellars

Piedmont Internal Medicine

Poplar Springs

Red Truck Bakery

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The Fauquier Bank

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Vint Hill Winery

Windy Hill Foundation


Finite Energy

What Is Finite Energy?   What is Renewable Energy?

Finite energy resources most commonly refers to coal, oil, shale -- something that is mined or retrieved -- something that will eventually be exhausted. Practically speaking, even those energy sources are infinite in our lifetime.

Unlike fossil fuels, which are exhaustible (finite), renewable energy sources regenerate and can be sustained indefinitely.

See the links below to view the impact of mountain top removal (MTR) for coal.

graphic showing % of USA renewable energy sources
Courtesy of U.S. Energy Information Administration website

The use of renewable energy is not new. More than 150 years ago, wood, which is one form of renewable energy (biomass), supplied up to 90% of our energy needs.

As the use of coal, petroleum, and natural gas (finitie energy sources) expanded, the United States became less reliant on wood as an energy source. Today, we are looking again at renewable sources to find new ways to use them to help meet our energy needs.

As the chart shows, use of renewable fuels is expected to continue to grow over the next 30 years, although the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that we will still rely on non-renewable fuels to meet most of our energy needs.

The use of renewable sources is limited by the fact that they are not always available — cloudy days reduce solar power, tide levels vary, calm days reduce wind power and droughts reduce the water available for hydropower.

The five renewable sources used most often are:

  • Biomass — including:
    • wood and wood waste
    • municipal solid waste
    • landfill gas and biogas
    • ethanol (also a biofuel - used for transportation)
    • biodiesel (also a biofuel - used for transportation)
  • Water (hydropower)
  • Geothermal  (uses heat continuously produced inside the Earth
  • Wind
  • Solar

In 2011, consumption of renewable sources in the United States totaled about 9% of all energy used nationally. About 13% of U.S. electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2011.

Over half of renewable energy goes to producing electricity. The next largest use of renewable energy is biomass (wood and waste) for the production of heat and steam for industrial purposes and for space heating, mostly in homes.

Renewable energy plays an important role in the supply of energy. When renewable energy sources are used, the demand for fossil fuels is reduced. Unlike fossil fuels, non-biomass renewable sources of energy (hydropower, geothermal, wind, and solar) do not directly emit greenhouse gases.

Why Don’t We Use More Renewable Energy?

In the past, renewable energy has generally been more expensive to produce and use than fossil fuels. Renewable resources are often located in remote areas, and it is expensive to build power lines to the cities where the electricity they produce is needed.

The production and use of renewable fuels has grown more quickly in recent years as a result of higher prices for oil and natural gas and a number of state and federal government incentives, including the Energy Policy Acts of 2002 and 2005.

The above is largely from www.eia.gov

More about Finite Energy:

Type of Energy
Examples or Sources
Kinetic Energy WIND, sound, turning drill bit
Gravitational Energy
HYDRO, ball held above the ground
Spring

spring, stretched rubber band, wound up spring toy, stretched bungee cord

Electrical

electricity, static cling, lightning

Magnetic magnets, planetary poles, compass
Mechanical pistons in a car engine
Heat heat, thermal, hot water, steam
Nuclear
NUCLEAR, fission, fusion,
heavy water, uranium
Light
SOLAR, light, microwaves, x-rays,
ultraviolet rays

Chemical

OIL,NATURAL GAS,wood, chemical, gasoline, batteries, food, gunpowder, charcoal

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