Continued from Part 1.
My burning question to Tsvi Bisk after being captivated by his lecture was this: what can we do?
My question was answered on two levels.
“We’ve done the research on alternative energy,” Bisk said. “We have plenty of research. Enough with the research already. What we need is deployment.” In fact, Israel is at the forefront of developing and establishing alternative energy solutions, water conservation and desalination, and recycling. And a small community can do this, he said.
Step one: Get the local (Jewish) community together. Do some fundraising, Ask for investments from the local medical community in particular.
Step three: Donate the generator to a local hospital, where they will substantially reduce their energy bill.
Step four: Take advantage of the media to demonstrate how a small community can make a huge environmental difference within their own community. Help it to “go viral” and spread to other communities.
Who wins? Everyone. The Jewish community wins by getting credit for the donation. The hospital wins by reducing costs. Israel wins by establishing another happy customer. And the earth wins.
There are the usual but still important answers:
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact flourescent bulbs
- Turn off lights and small appliances when not using them
- Make your next vehicle a hybrid
- Invest in wind and/or solar energy programs through your local energy company
- Conserve energy wherever possible
- Check the air in the tires of your vehicle(s). For every pound psi the tires are underinflated, you lower your gas mileage up to one percent.
- Check the air filter in your vehicle(s), even if whomever changed the oil claims they inspected the air filter. Change it if necessary. A clogged air filter can cost you 10% of your gas mileage.
- Use “Top Tier” fuel. This does NOT mean the really expensive high-octane stuff. This means fuel that has sufficient detergent added to clean your fuel system as it’s being burned. Leading automakers have determined that the minimum EPA standards for detergent added to gasoline only provides about half the detergent needed to keep the engine’s fuel system clean and prevent corrosion. For a list of fuel companies participating in the Top Tier program, visit http://www.toptiergas.com/.
- If there are no Top Tier participating fuel stations nearby, add the best fuel system cleaner you can buy to your vehicle every three months. This is often not the one on sale. Ask your local auto parts store for their best recommendations; there should only be one or two.