Choosing Our Energy Future

Choosing Our Energy Future

Humans use energy constantly. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors. Energy decisions are made at the individual, community, national and international level. Decisions made beyond the individual level often involve a formally established process of decision-making that attempts to take into account all influencing factors.

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Lesson Take Away: 

Each person influences the future use of energy by the choices made today.

The Ask: 

Choose energy-efficient technology when purchasing products and renewable energy sources when purchasing power. 

Last Updated: December 20, 2018
Given enough time, sea life could adapt to climate change. Sadly animals evolve far too slowly. But we can change as quickly as we choose to. Small actions can make a real difference. What will you do to help ocean life and our future? This...

Change for the Oceans

Given enough time, sea life could adapt to climate change. Sadly animals evolve far too slowly. But we can change as quickly as we choose to. Small actions can make a real difference. What will you do to help ocean life and our future?

This Monterey Bay Aquarium short animated video about how a flamingo, walrus and turtle might change if given time to deal with climate change is entertaining.

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The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division of the U.S. Department of Energy provides an interactive national map so citizens can locate green power options near them, contact green power companies directly, and make the switch to alternative...

Can I Buy Green Power in My State?

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division of the U.S. Department of Energy provides an interactive national map so citizens can locate green power options near them, contact green power companies directly, and make the switch to alternative energy in their homes.

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Discover the best combination of solar power equipment for your home. The In My Backyard tool helps you to estimate how much electricity you can produce through solar in your own backyard!

In My Back Yard

Discover the best combination of solar power equipment for your home. The In My Backyard tool helps you to estimate how much electricity you can produce through solar in your own backyard!

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Want to start a renewable energy co-operative in your community? Here is a list of communities that have already and tips on how you can do it too!

Community Renewable Energy Development

Want to start a renewable energy co-operative in your community? Here is a list of communities that have already and tips on how you can do it too!

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Ever wonder what it would be like to have wind power at your home, farm, or business? In one convenient place, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy arm of the Department of Energy has assembled the latest, greatest, and most relevant information.

Wind for Homeowners, Farmers, and Businesses

Ever wonder what it would be like to have wind power at your home, farm, or business? In one convenient place, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy arm of the Department of Energy has assembled the latest, greatest, and most relevant information.

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Solar water heaters are one energy-efficient solution that’s gaining wider usage throughout communities.

Solar Water Heaters: How They Work and How to Buy One

Solar water heaters are one energy-efficient solution that’s gaining wider usage throughout communities.

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NPR's Robert Krulwich and Odd Todd, in partnership with Wild Chronicles, present an animated cartoon series on carbon—the atom at the heart of global warming. Episode 5: What we can do about climate change. ©NPR

It's All About Carbon—What Can We Do: NPR Climate Connections

NPR's Robert Krulwich and Odd Todd, in partnership with Wild Chronicles, present an animated cartoon series on carbon—the atom at the heart of global warming.

Episode 5: What we can do about climate change.

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Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue. We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable, and clean. But clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts, which need to be managed...

Energy Issues—Efficiency: Switch Energy Project

Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.

We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable, and clean. But clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts, which need to be managed effectively and affordably. 

Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. The only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.

©Switch Energy Project

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