Fossil fuels and sustainable building

By Clint

If you are looking at building a new home or renovating your existing one, you are in a great position to reduce your impact on the environment.

These recent natural disasters are having us all wondering whether this is an unfortunate series of events or are we witnessing the affects of climate change? We may never know for certain. After listening to a few debates on the topic there seems to be a lot of sceptical people out there.
People are constantly questioning whether burning fossil fuels is really to blame and whether carbon is really the reason the earth is heating up. If we turn the AC off will that even make a difference? These are all valid questions being asked throughout the community. It is easy to be sceptical of climate change when the affects seem so farfetched or even impossible to stop.

There is another motivational reason for us to reduce our energy consumption that rarely seems to be put forward to the community. We are consuming our fossil fuels faster than they can be reproduced. It has only taken us 30 years to use half of the world’s supply of coal and oil which took millions of years to create. At the rate we are consuming our fossil fuels we would need four Earths for our supply to be sustainable.

In all probability, we won’t actually run out because the prices of petrol and electricity will continue to rise so high that we will be forced to reduce our consumption.

Whether climate change is a myth or not, we need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. If you are in the process of building or renovating your home, you are in a great position to significantly reduce your family’s reliance on fossil fuels. By installing solar power, including energy efficient appliances and/or integrating recycled and reusable materials into your new home, you will be making a huge step towards reducing your own reliance on fossil fuels.

For more information visit http://www.abc.net.au/science/crude/ for a great documentary on the oil crisis.