Energy conservation is the practice of decreasing the amount of energy used. In this day and age, the global community faces an extreme energy crisis due to over consumption of fossil fuels. We as citizens of the world have to live more responsibly and think more seriously about energy conservation. A lot of our power comes from non-renewable resources. In the last century people have begun using up fossil fuels in such a way that the natural supply can’t meet the demand. The best example of this overuse of fossil fuels is our dependency on oil.
Oil has become a primary resource that people of United States have come to depend on greatly. We are an automobile society and our vehicles run on petroleum, which we have discovered is becoming less available as populations rise and more countries become increasingly dependant on gasoline-powered transportation.
Energy conservation in terms of oil consumption will not only be necessary in order to wean consumers off of their oil dependency, but it will be necessary in stabilizing the balance of the Earth’s climate as well. With respects to alternative energy, the United States and other car-driven nations can reduce the use of exhaust, which is the main producer of green house gasses. We can reduce these harmful emissions by supporting electric cars, telecommuting, using public transportation and riding bicycles.
Of course energy conservation isn’t limited to our use of oil and transportation methods, we must also focus on water consumption, over-illumination, and industrial energy use. However, as a global community, we are beginning to understand the need to conserve energy and we are fast approaching a time where it won’t be a choice anymore. By heeding the warnings of global warming and other environmental problems we can learn to wisely use the resources we have.