Litus and other entities are working on technical products. What about us as individuals, what can we do? Below are some suggestions.
During the 1970’s oil crisis, US president Jimmy Carter passed laws limiting vehicle speed to 55 mph (88 kph), heating to not above 68 F (20 C), cooling to not below 78 F (26 C). In winter he wore wool cardigans in the Oval Office. Vast numbers of people ignored these laws yet, within three months, total US energy use shrank by over 15%. No capital expenditure was involved, just adjustment of lifestyles.
- A basic physics rule: twice the acceleration uses four times the energy / fuel. Feather to and away from stops.
- Stick to the speed limit. Going from 60 mph / 96 kph to 80 mph / 128 kph increases fuel use by around 40%.
- Does one really need all that “performance”, so hyped in TV commercials ?
- When buying a new vehicle, get the one that will best meet your needs; seriously consider a hybrid.
- How about walking short distances?
Please do not forget to do the basics: switch out the lights; turn down the heating and cooling; use, save and discard less material; reduce the amount of beef (supposedly healthier); get more efficient electrical appliances. Using less water is important; apart from other issues, much energy is used to process and pump it.