05.31.17 | Rob Conboy
Alas, there is no gravity bill, as there is no bill for the sun producing vast amounts of energy. The creativity of Calvin, in his solution finding for getting out of having to do his homework for school, stands in contrast, I would claim, to so many in the world who still seek solutions within the supply side of the value chain for the planet`s energy supplies of the future. The Trump administration in the U.S. wants to bring back coal, “drill and burn” sort of, while many environmentalists demand extreme investment in renewables. All the while, neglecting literally thousands of years of the historically confirmed use of both conservation and energy efficiency in the West. Even august and highly paid consultants such as McKinsey have famously published numerous reports on the benefits, both economic and environmental, of energy efficiency/conservation for the U.S. economy.
passive energy use of nature`s energies:
The Romans built buildings that designed in the ability to provide the service of heat from different sources, also the sun, besides burning trees, because they focused on the service that was required by energy production, not the energy supply itself. In this thinking, they opportunistically used a heat source that is still in our day free for what it is good for rather than simplistically thinking that burning their already depleted forests was good enough. The baths of Caracalla are an example.
Not doing something to do something else better:
The well known and without-engineering-drawings-needed technique of hanging the wash to dry in the sun. The sun dries the laundry just fine and the fresh air is good for the clothes`smell. Thus not using the electric dryer at all and instead using another technique is on the way to conservation in energy. Further along, Jimmy Carter`s sweater is even better conservation: no energy needed because a sweater insulates the body against the cold in the house, as it does when outside, up to a certain point. So here, we simply eliminate the use of higher power and more energy use from technology completely, or to a certain extent, and instead use insulation, a passive energy or conservation.
But can this really have a major impact?
We cannot be sure, but we already know that such technologies, when incorporated into buildings, infrastructure and manufacturing plants, do have a major benefit for individual homeowners, building owners, large corporations and governments by increasing their cash retained because they are not paying energy services they do not need, The indoor air quality in
the buildings is better, less pollution is produced, and the planet breathes easier, as do its inhabitants. What is not to like? so lets just do it!
David Benjamin, President & Founder – better, Inc.