Healing Our Environment and Our Economy
Some Suggestions from Paul Bleiweis, President of Energy Automation Systems
Paul Bleiweis, President of Energy Automation Systems (EASI) has been involved in energy conservation and industrial efficiency for thirty years. Paul Bleiweis has been providing industrialists with technologies that conserve and reuse energy that is traditionally written off as a cost of doing business. Expert engineer and energy conservationist Paul Bleiweis says there are many ways to save power and protect the environment. Here, he provides a few.
Paul Bleiweis suggests removing incandescent bulbs and using compact fluorescent light bulbs instead.
In the kitchen, use a rack and air-dry your dishes, says Paul Bleiweis. The dishwasher dry cycle is an energy intensive operation that can be easily skipped. A microwave oven uses less energy, for the results it provides, than either an electric or gas range oven. Try using your microwave more, says Paul Bleiweis.
When you are not using your computer, says Paul Bleiweis, turn it off. Turn off the monitor, too. Get out of the habit, says Paul Bleiweis, of leaving your computer on all night, just running a screen saver.
Most home electronics–anything plugged in–bleed a little energy from the socket, even when they are turned off. Paul Bleiweis prevents this energy bleed by plugging home electronics into power strips. For example, says Paul Bleiweis, if a TV, DVD player, cable tuner, and stereo receiver are plugged into a power strip, you can turn off the power strip at night and stop the energy bleed on all of those appliances.
Paul Bleiweis suggests setting the water heater thermostat at 115 degrees. That is an effective, energy efficient temperature for most uses. Don’t run the washing machine or dishwasher until there is a full load. Take showers, not baths, recommends Paul Bleiweis. Showers use much less hot water than baths.
To conserve energy outside of your home, drive sensibly. Paul Bleiweis calculates that aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as one-third. That means, Paul Bleiweis continues, that if you drive aggressively, a 21 MPG car is only getting 14 MPG. Don’t store heavy things in your car if you are not using them, suggests Paul Bleiweis. You lose about 2 percent of your MPG for every extra hundred pounds in your trunk. Don’t idle your engine for long periods of time, and turn the ignition off if you’re going to be parked or sitting still for a long time.
Paul Bleiweis knows that it only takes time and imagination to think of your own creative ways to conserve energy, save money, and preserve the environment. With that, Paul Bleiweis asks, what can you do to make a difference?