Common failures leading to energy waste

• Designers tend to err on the side of caution. There is less risk in overdesigning than underdesigning. Accordingly systems are often overpowered and therefore wasteful.

• Often the most convenient operating strategy is for switches to default to on whereas manual on and automatic off is the more energy efficient provided safety is not compromised.

• Small demands like domestic hot water can require whole systems to be in operation as stated earlier.

• Inadequate monitoring systems can fail to identify progressive failure.

• Intrinsic faults in the system may remain hidden but may nevertheless adversely affect energy use without any detectable effect on service.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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