When you use electricity in your home or business, do you know what fuel is used to produce that energy? That information might help give some understanding to why it’s important to our health to continue to conserve and move towards renewables. It can also help in your decisions as a consumer. The impact on our natural systems, whether positive or negative, is an important consideration in the production of power.
In Illinois 46% of electricity is generated by nuclear power, 44% is coming from coal and 2% from gas. The remaining 8% is from wind. As a consumer you create the demand for a product. Think about how efforts by lots of us to conserve 50% of the energy we use today could impact the demand for electricity. Think further about the damaging waste it produces. How about turning to wind and solar and away from carbon fuels and nuclear. It’s one step, one small decision at a time that changes the tide.