We need power. We heat and cool our homes, run our devices with it, and what we use is limited to what we produce or generate. Energy use in the summer often puts a strain on the grid, and we are redlining at times.
Some forms of power generation are less desirable than others, they come at a cost. Nuclear power for example is great stuff, until things go wrong, or we have to find a place for the waste. That’s when some folks cry “Not in My Back Yard”.
Fracking, the process of injecting high pressure liquids deep in the ground to release natural gas, could produce 15 million barrels of oil a day by 2050 the U.S., mentioned in this article according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This certainly helps liberate us from foreign oil dependency, but it has also been criticized by the NIMBY crowd.
My intentions are not to judge good or bad, or right or wrong here but I will weigh in on this from the same article: Investing in already available technologies to increase energy efficiency can save 23 million barrels of oil a day. This is the stuff we love. Better Insulation, more efficient appliances, more efficient homes! That sounds a lot like Home Performance.
Yes in my back yard. Please!
Sun picture from Stefan Wernli