alternative energy volume 1 pdf

The ‘‘caves’’ of the twenty-first century are a little cozier. The typical person, at least in more developed countries, wakes up each morning in a reasonably comfortable house because the gas, propane, or electric heating system (or electric air-conditioner) has operated automatically overnight. A warm shower awaits because of hot water heaters powered by electricity or natural gas, and hair dries quickly (and stylishly) under an electric hair dryer.

An electric iron takes the wrinkles out of the clean shirt that sat overnight in the electric clothes dryer. Milk for a morning bowl of cereal remains fresh in an electric refrigerator, and it costs pennies per bowl thanks to electrically powered milking operations on modern dairy farms. The person then goes to the garage (after turning off all the electric lights in the house), hits the electric garage door opener, and gets into his or her gasolinepowered car for the drive to work—perhaps in an office building that consumes power for lighting, heating and air-conditioning, copiers, coffeemakers, and computers.

Later, an electric, propane, or natural gas stove is used to cook dinner. Later still, an electricpopcorn popper provides a snack as the person watches an electric television or reads under the warm glow of electric light bulbs— after perhaps turning up the heat because the house is a little chilly.