Right now, we’re coming to terms with a hard truth that has been hanging over our heads for decades. The amount of energy in the world is finite. We have always known that – it’s fairly easy to understand when you consider that most of our energy is derived from fossil fuels. But, now more than ever we’re seeing the evidence that we only have so long until energy sources grow too rare and too expensive for average consumers like us to afford.
It’s a big problem because most consumers don’t realize their role in the crisis. When we see a problem this big we assume that the government is responsible for fixing it. But, in reality, the government is limited in its actions as long as human beings continue to devour energy in such high amounts. We need to learn how to cut back our energy use and then replace the fossil fuels with sustainable solutions.
If you’re not sure this is a problem you need to face, just look at the cost of oil, gas, and electricity compared to 10-15 years ago. Gasoline in the early 2000s was barely more than $1 per gallon in the United States. Today, it remains around $3 consistently and sometimes goes upwards of $4 per gallon. Heating oil and natural gas also continue to skyrocket in price, to the point that some families must choose between food and heat in the winter. No one should be forced to make that kind of choice.
How Long Do We Have?
Right now, we’re on the cusp of a major turning point. It’s believed that peak production will occur in the next 3-10 years. That means, after that point, production of fuel will not be able to increase with consumption any longer. With massive countries like China and India industrializing and growing at unheard of rates, this is a very bad thing for anyone that uses fossil fuels each day (as most of us do).
Scientists are not sure when fossil fuels will start to run out – having a clear idea of the earth’s contents is nearly impossible with current technology. But, conservative estimates put us at about halfway through the world’s oil reserves. That means we could conceivably run out of oil within 30-40 years at the current consumption rates. That’s the current rates. Year over year, oil consumption has rarely if ever gone down globally. So, we can expect it to increase…which means we could run out of oil even faster. Your children will almost surely live in a world where oil reserves dry up or deplete to a level where they can no longer afford it.
Right now, there are a lot of conversations going on around the world about what we should be doing about the energy crisis. Compounding it is the fact that our continued use of fossil fuels is creating a growing climate change problem. So, what does our government plan to do to provide energy and fuel for families and individuals in the coming years as costs rise and supplies decrease?
Right now, actions by the government aren’t going to make major dents in our fossil fuel use for years or even decades to come. But, as a consumer, you can do your own part to cut back on consumption. Not only will you help to reduce how much energy is used around the globe, you’ll be preparing for further price increases, reducing your bills and making it possible to survive in a world where energy costs dwarf other basic necessities.
That means finding alternative energy sources and implementing them in your home. Solar energy can be used to heat water and your home, as well as power your devices with the right installation. Wind power is another viable solution in many situations – providing a massive secondary source of power. Ultimately, though, whether you have the resources to install renewable energy for your home or not, the easiest way to save money is to reduce your energy consumption across the board.
This report is going to help you do just that – providing a bevy of options that will outline where your energy is currently going and how you can cut back that use immediately. With a world depending on us, it’s our responsibility to take action now, not when our kids are grown and the earth has already been sucked dry.