[Editorial Opinion]

The ‘Green Revolution’ is not about politics as some activists might wish you to believe. Going ‘green’ is about employing ‘appropriate’ technologies to achieve personal and business goals in a manner that is more closely aligned with the way ‘Mother Earth’ operates. If you or your business has any concern for the future of our home planet, then we here at ‘bus.com’ suggest you or your business should find out more about ‘green’ technologies to achieve your life and business goals. Mother Earth will thank you in a myriad of ways, and you will find that there are already a great number of economically priced and cheaper to operate green technology solutions in existence today.

LIGHTING

Whether you rent or own your residence or manage commercial office space, there is no reason not to change all your lamps to compact fluorescent lamps where it is feasible based on the type of installed lighting fixture. In the United Sates, it is estimated that as much as 20% of all electricity generated is employed in lighting. Compact fluorescent lamps, at retail prices, only cost 2 or 3 times what incandescent lamps cost, while they use 1/4 to 1/5 the electricity to produce the same light (i.e lumens) output. Furthermore, compact fluorescent lamps last much longer than incandescent lamps. Over the lifetime of initial purchase and then employing compact fluorescent lamps, the cost savings are substantial.

A few years ago, it was said that compact fluorescent lamps were not mature enough as a leading-edge product to capture the major segment of the lamps marketplace. Such issues as color rendition, dimmibility, and specific lighting fixture mounting compatibility had not been adequately addressed in the overall lamp marketplace. For the most part, these issues are receding as more and diverse compact fluorescent lamps makes and models become available.

Finally, you will ultimately have to choose a better technology than incandescent lamps by 2012. Recent energy legislation mandates the manufacturing cessation of incandescent lamps by 2012 in the United States, and which the European Union has already stopped production of incandescent lamps. The only other question that remains is will there be an even better lighting lamp technology than compact fluorescent lamps in the near future.

Light Emitting Diodes (i.e. LED’s) will become another major segment of the lamp marketplace soon. LED’s are currently experiencing an explosion of potential lighting applications, and while the acquisition costs are steep, and the range of lighting applications in the marketplace somewhat limited, the overall lifetime economics of the cost of purchase and operation are already competitive with both incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps.

AUTOMOTIVE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

If all private automobiles in the United States employed current hybrid technologies, our average miles per gallon would almost double for personal use vehicles. Viewed another way, the United States would cut oil consumption for personal use vehicles significantly. Better air and cheaper, more environmentally sound fuel consumption at competitive costs to buy the hybrid vehicle. This is a no-brainer, what are you waiting for?

Most major municipalities have some form of mass transportation. Whether it’s buses, subways, commuter railways, taxies, or some combination thereof, we could all benefit from an emphasis on employing ever more diverse alternative fuel technologies for forms of public transportation. Look around, you will find the use of bio-diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, hybrid engines, electric power systems. All these approaches insure we will not come to a dead stop when the oil runs out.