Consumers are familiar and comfortable with conventional power sources. Power generated by fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, or petroleum (oil) is widely used across the world and many countries rely on these finite resources as the primary sources of power production. According to the latest report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (2011a), fossil fuels are expected to continue supplying much of the energy used worldwide, with petroleum based fuels remaining the largest source of energy.However, there are significant problems with relying on this type of energy.
Firstly, fossil fuels are not considered a renewable energy. The formation of coal, natural gas and oil takes millions to billions of years; consequently these resources will be consumed well before they are renewed. Experts have suggested that the world is currently at the peak of oil production, with only another forty years of oil reserves available and sixty five years of gas remaining. With population growth continuing to rise and the nature of economic growth and consumption, undoubtedly these fossil fuels will become very scarce and eventually unavailable. It is reasonable to expect that as these resources become further reduced, the cost of power will increase and it will become less affordable for many people.
This is a scary prospect, especially for future generations.Whilst there are very legitimate concerns about the future availability of fossil fuels, another problem is the environment impacts of using fossil fuels for our principle energy source. Fossil fueled power stations are major emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas considered one of the major contributors to global warming within the last century. For example, the burning of brown coal emits three times as much CO2 as natural gas, and black coal emits twice as much CO2 per unit of electric energy generated. Unless new technology can be developed to make energy production ‘greener’, regulations to reduce CO2 emission will certainly impact the consumer, whether this is by higher prices due to carbon taxes or a limitation to the amount of energy available.
If you are suspicious that you may have a mold problem in your home, it is important to have it tested. A friend of mine who works with roofing contractors in NYC suggested to me that the roof is the first place that I should look. If I have a crawlspace then it’s likely that water has collected there, soaking into the wood which becomes the perfect home for different types of molds and fungi. Mold is one of the most aggressive infestations that any homeowner can battle. Too, they can easily cause a home to quickly become unlivable. Many molds have been linked to different types of health hazards including asthma and even brain tumors. This is why it is so important to get rid of the mold as soon as you find it before it’s too late for your home and family.
While there are kits available, it is a good idea to have a professional come in to do your testing. Some licensed home inspectors are also licensed mold assessors, able to test for mold with state-of-the-art equipment. An assessor will test your air, visually inspect your home, and can even use moisture meters and infrared thermography if a more thorough inspection is necessary. Once it is determined that you have a mold infestation, they can also give advice on remediation and prevention of future growths.
Knowing how to recognize a mold infestation early on can help you keep your family healthy and save money on costly remediation. The presence of mold can be an indicator of an even bigger problem like leaks or insufficient ventilation that can cost even more in home repairs. If you see the signs of mold in your home, don’t hesitate to call a professional in order to determine the best path to protect your family and home.
I have to do a report on Texas energy companies and I am going to try to make it a good report. I used to do a decent job on assignments, back when I was in high school, but now that I am in college and I am going to have to pay back a lot of student loans for my education, it is going to be a struggle, most likely to help me with my report. I am reading energyproviderstexas.com to learn more about energy providers in the state, because that should be really helpful for what I want to do.
I am not excited about having to do a lot of research, mostly because I find it to be boring. But this resource should make things a lot easier, and I do not think that I am going to have to check a lot of other sites to get the information that I need. Now that I think about it, I am not really sure which power company my parents buy their electricity from, and that is something that I should ask them about. I should also ask them about why they chose the company that they did, and some other related questions along those lines.
That could be insightful into my paper. I want to get this project done soon, because I have a lot of other things that I would rather do. But I want to be responsible and make sure that it gets done and that it is done right. I am probably going to start writing once I eat dinner. I think that dinner will be ready pretty soon, and I hope that it will not be too much longer, because I am really hungry right now. I did not eat much for lunch today.