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A Cold Hard Lesson

At this moment much of America is suffering. Millions of people are struggling without elecrtricity and heat during an epic cold spell. In Texas alone four million famalies have no power! Sadly, It did not have to be this bad. This situation's root cause is energy demand in extreme conditions. We have known for decades that the first best step for energy management is Reduce Before Your Produce. Energy demand reduction means we need less standard and renewable energy, yet the bulk of the governmental and utility company focus and effort has been pushing renewable energy. Reducing energy needs has a better payback with long term rewards and benefits but has been a secondary consideration. 

With the current huge winter event, solar arrays and wind farms have provided much dimminished production when we needed it most! Take a look at the Stategic Options For Climate Change Mitigation Chart. 

Insulation improvements has an over 150% payback! This is a comparison of the ROI of all diiferent options used for carbon emmission reductions (which is also provides the best ROI for energy demand deduction) over many years. Sustainability works best! Imagine if millions of people had improved the insulation in thier homes and heating efficiency. In that case, there would be much less energy demand, and outages and even resident without energy would be somewhat more comfortable and getting more benefits from supplement heat!

A life lesson has been provided to us this week. We need to put first things first. Reduce Before We Produce has better payback and benefits. Then we can "rightsize" renewable energy growth with lessened demand. When the need is the greatest, sustainability will provide the most benefits and rewards. 


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Matt Chester on Feb 17, 2021

Efficiency solutions can be a tool among many tools to address the issue-- obviously just some efficiency improvements wouldn't have 'solved' the current predicament, but it helps to move the needle to make such events of great strain less common. I do wonder if we'll see weatherization investment shoot up in TX after this is all done. 

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Dennis Roberts on Feb 18, 2021

Thanks for your comment. Sustainability would be a huge first step. Buildings and homes are huge sources of energy use and a huge percent is lost out the windows which are thermal holes. Our company has a Radiant Barrier Window Insulator that will keep more heat in or out of a buildings  and will even bring in free heat! It dramaticly reduces infiltration and will outperform by far the best window made. It will make existing window much more efficient than new windows. it is very frustrating that governments and utility will not maximize efficiency before subsidizing renewables. Our website is  Dennis G. Roberts

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