Phantom power? Call the Ghostbusters

One of the hot topic of the moment is global warming. In 2007 the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that scientists were more than 90% certain that most of global warming was being caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities. Fossil fuel burning has produced about three-quarters of the increase in CO2 from human activity over the past 20 years. Coal burning was responsible for 43% of the total emissions, oil 34%, and gas 18%. Also steam generators in large power plants burn considerable amounts of fossil fuels and therefore emit large amounts of CO2 to the ambient atmosphere. Thus, the needed for more energy means needed for more fossil fuel burning (the ideal scenario is renewable energy but this is another post).

Phantom power (also called Standby power, vampire power, vampire draw, phantom load, or leaking electricity) is when electronic devices are left plugged in, using a significant amount of power. They cannot be turned ‘off’ without being unplugged while others continue to draw power while not performing their primary purpose. It’s costing you money. It’s also costing our planet even more with wasteful carbon emissions. Continue reading

Wind farms vs eagles

Wind farms vs eagles

Wait a minute, this is a little bit awkward…

First the definition of Renewable energy from wikipedia:

is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are continually replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.

Consequently we use renewable energy because…

Carbon-neutral fuels (including methane, gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel or ammonia) are considered carbon-neutral because they do not result in a net increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases.

… and we want to reduce the greenhouse gases. Thus we want a better environment,  which means we are nature friendly… Ops now I am confused.