It is doubtful that anyone in 15th century Europe referred to the transition from wood to coal as “alternative energy” with the same inference as we do today. In fact, by many accounts it was not even considered optional. It occurred out of simple necessity. The trees were being depleted faster than they could be replaced and an alternative needed to be found.
In the mid 19th century petroleum became the “alternative” to whale oil and early in the 20th century notables such as Alexander Graham Bell began advocating the use of alcohol as an “alternative” to fossil fuels.
Today known “alternatives” include: Solar, Wind, Geothermal, bio-fuel, hydrogen and cutting edge technologies in fuel cell development and renewable energy. As the need becomes critical possible alternative sources, uses and procedural options have increased.
The term alternative energy now encompasses our usage habits as well as the actual resource. The ways to effectively monitor usage, consumption and demand cycles can be as valuable to your bottom line as the cost of procurement or generation.
EnviroProfit can assist you with an overall Sustainability Plan to address these issues or analyze any individual aspect of traditional power procurement, alternative energy options or a combination to maximize the EnviroProfit in your business.
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