Energy. It is at the center of many debates as of late, and it will shape how we as Canadians will work, vote and live. Like many Canadians, I can see the validity of both sides of the great energy debate. There has been a lot said against energy. What must also be discussed in order to make a well informed decision where energy is concerned are the ways in which energy helps us live the lives we lead in Canada.
At our home, we like to try to conserve energy as much as we can. As much as we try not to use a lot of energy in our home, we still use a lot of energy throughout our day. We like to have the lights that we do not need on turned off, we try to run the dishwasher, the washing machine and the dryer during off-peak periods, and we turn off any unnecessary appliances and electronics when we are not using them.
When we are at home, the air conditioner will be on when the days are too hot to venture outside for too long. We do try to cut down on the amount we use our electronics, but we do have our modem and laptop on to surf the Internet and use services that require the Internet. Even when we are not using our television, we like to play music from time to time while our children are colouring or playing, so we use various devices to hear our favourite tunes. Then there are the times when everyone is at home during dinnertime. We have the stove going, the lights on, maybe the television on…a lot is going on, and we are using a lot of energy to accomplish normal everyday tasks around our home.
Even though we do all of these things to reduce the amount of energy our home is consuming, there still are a lot of items that are constantly running that allow us to live comfortably. We still need our refrigerator and freezer in order to keep our perishable food from melting or spoiling. During the winter, we do also like having the heater on in the winter because it can become pretty cold without it on at this time of the year. Oh, and do not forget about our clocks have digital clocks that require energy to run, too! There are items that require batteries in order to function like our analog clocks.
We also consume a lot of energy when we are outside of the home as well. One of these times is during our commute to and from work. Again, we try to cut down on the energy we expel by walking, biking, or taking public transit when we can. Though walking and biking are not consuming energy to get from Point A to Point B, using public transit does. It costs a lot to get the buses and trains fueled and running, especially during the summer and winter months. Driving a car also uses a lot of energy to run as well, and there are many of them on our roads, too! Sometimes, I forget just many ways that energy makes day-to-day lives we lead possible in Canada.
Shell Canada also wants to meet the demands of a growing population, while trying to handle the environmental effects of energy usage. Shell Canada also wants Canadians to be aware of the energy they consume, as well as to try and become responsible energy consumers. One way Shell Canada proposes to get Canadians to start thinking about and discussing the importance of energy in our lives is by hosting a contest entitled “Energy 4 Seven Billion.” Shell Canada wants Canadians to enter their online contest by sharing your dream energy experience. The winner will win $25 000 from Shell to make this dream become a reality!
What does a “dream energy experience” mean, you ask? Well, just about everything in our daily lives consumes energy, so this should also hold true for that dream experience you would like to have. It could be as simple as a road trip with a few of your friends, or you could make a bunch of new friends while seeing your favourite artists at a music festival! Just think about how important energy is to help fuel these dreams! To enter click on Energy 4 Seven Billion to share your dream experience, see what other entrants are wishing for, and to discover just how integral energy is to our lives. To enter click on Energy 4 Seven Billion to share your dream experience, see what other entrants are wishing for, and to discover just how integral energy is to our lives.
Maybe discussing more about both sides of the energy debate will get Canadians closer to a decision as to which direction we as Canadians should follow to improve our energy consumption.
Good luck to all that enter!