How we use energy. It’s a long-time habit that current thought and realities have challenged. Can we all use less power? Rick Phelps, Director of the High Sierra Energy Foundation, says it takes a basic cultural change, one that will develop slowly over time.
Phelps explained that the Foundation hopes to help people in the Eastern Sierra think differently about energy use, but he underscored the importance of gradual change and a reasonable approach.
“I think one of the biggest frustrations in society today – we get into these either/or situations. Efficiency means turn off all of your appliances in your house. Do all of these things that are very uncomfortable. I know people won’t do it.”
Phelps said while some insist on 100% renewable energy use, a portfolio with a gradual increase of renewables makes more sense. He pointed to all of the gadgets most use today – computers, ipods, cell phones, electronic games. “It’s a huge chunk of energy. People aren’t going to get rid of those devices, so we have to be more energy efficient.”
A lot to consider in these energy-changing times. For more information, go to www.highsierraenergy.org