Power Hungry Gadgets Can Be Costly

The major topics of discussion this week centered on the increasing demand of power hungry gadgets in the form of consumer electronics. This after the California Energy Commission proposed a plan to reduce the power consumption of new TV’s sold in the state by about half of what it is now in 2013.  Turns out that some of these flat screen televisions we’ve been buying are bigger consumers of electricity than some refrigerators. A recent article in the New York Times suggests  “the proliferation of personal computers, iPods, cell phones, and game amounts to the fastest-growing source of power demand in the world. Americans now have about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980.” Continue reading “Power Hungry Gadgets Can Be Costly”

Water Shortage: A Worldwide Problem by 2020

Concerned increased over water conservation this past week when the United Nations Education and Scientific Council (UNESCO) published a report that predicted water shortage will be a serious worldwide problem by the year 2020. Let us evaluate the global picture. The Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) suggests that in the United States, the biggest water consumer on Earth, the average American family uses 176 gallons of water per day compared to just 5 gallons of water the average African family uses. Continue reading “Water Shortage: A Worldwide Problem by 2020”