Energy Update – October 2017
Hurricane Harvey is still very fresh in all of our minds. Damage estimates approach $190 billion and human suffering was severe. We must all stay Houston Strong to complete the recovery.
We want to tip our hats to the two electric utilities we use in Houston; CenterPoint Energy and Entergy. They worked around the clock to restore power to our customers, delayed by extremely heavy rain and then standing water. Congratulations also to ERCOT who kept the Texas power grid operating through a storm that affected nearly half of Texas.
If you suffered damage from Hurricane Harvey, please accept our regrets for your loss. We hope your family is all right and you and your business are back on the road to recovery.
This has been a very grim hurricane season for the United States with Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate causing billions in damages and loss of human life. All of these were major storms, stronger than we’ve seen in the last 10 years. And there are over 30 days left in the hurricane season.
Does Global Warming Make Hurricanes Worse?
While scientists agree that global warming is real, there is also strong belief that global warming is causing more, stronger hurricanes. The earth’s temperature has increased 2 degrees since the early 1900’s with most of the warming occurring during the last 35 years. Much of that heat has been absorbed by the oceans, with the top layer of the oceans warming 0.302 degrees since 1969.
While this change is not huge, the oceans cover massive areas of the earth and are growing. Sea levels have risen globally by about 8 inches since 1880. They are projected to increase another 1 to 4 feet by 2100 as a result of melting land ice.
Global warming, rising seas and the likelihood of more, stronger hurricanes paint a grim picture for Houston residents. All of these calamities are a result of the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere which causes the greenhouse effect. And the burning of fossil fuel to produce electricity is the largest producer of CO2 gas at 29% of the total release of CO2.
Shouldn’t you consider using 100% renewable energy?
Wind and solar energy do not produce CO2 and are becoming less expensive as production increases to meet growing demand. Why not make the switch now to renewable energy? Your changing to renewable energy by itself will not be enough to stop global warming, but it’s a start. Your kids and grandkids will thank you.
We offer 100% renewable electricity contracts if you would like a way to help slow down global warming. Electric producers are beginning to buy or create wind and solar farms to produce electricity. Producers listen to their customers and the greater the demand for renewable energy the more they will produce. 25% of the wind energy produced in the US comes from Texas and we lead the nation. Texas is in the top ten in solar energy production.
The incremental cost of specifying 100% renewable energy is small and the long-term payoff is large.
Call Electric & Gas Savings at (248) 408-4899 to discuss switching to renewable energy or to ask any other energy questions.