There is no question that the United States of America and for the most part, the rest of the civilized world is addicted to oil. However is it realistic to becoming independent from foreign energy sources? The short answer is yes, of course it is, but it will take an effort by everyone. It comes down to more than just driving less. Oil is entrenched to so many different things in our society, from our vehicles, to air travel, to the production of plastics and the list goes on and on.
Until the technology exists (and America gets closer everyday), we can do our part to help ease our need for oil. For starters let’s look at the energy we use in our home. How many of you still use regular incandescent light bulbs. You know the ones I am talking about, those regular good old fashioned Thomas Edison types. Today the energy efficient bulbs are cheaper and in more abundance then ever before. They now come in a wide variety of brightness and uses. Make a commitment to swap out all of those old bulbs for the newer energy efficient ones (and no I have no affiliation with any company that produces these). According the US Government, if each household did this we can reduce the need for energy in this country by nearly 25%.
Next let’s look at your vehicle. Is it properly tuned up? A properly tuned car receives better gas mileage. Get a tune up. Make sure your tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. Invest in a better air filter and fuel filters (usually done during the tune up in some areas of the country) for your car. Make sure you change your oil every 5,000 miles or per your car’s recommendation. If you change your oil yourself make sure you take it to an oil recycle center. I am lucky my township has an area where you can go and pout the oil into a recycle tank.
Even though gas prices are starting to come down (but for how long), make wise driving decisions. Combine multiple trips. For example combine your trip to the bank with the trip to the store. If you can do some shopping online then save yourself a trip altogether. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, now is the time to buy something that is more fuel efficient and possibly a hybrid. Flex fuel vehicles are becoming more main stream. These are vehicles that can take both gasoline and ethanol based fuels.
Finally don’t forget to recycle. Make you separate your cans, plastics, bottles and paper properly so that we do not have to rely on new petroleum based products but instead just recycle those products that already exist.
There are even more ways to become energy independent which I could write an entire book on, but these are just a few to get you started.
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