Green living

David Mears does not pay heating bills. This is not an error by the heating companies. Mears uses renewable energy.

David Mears does not pay heating bills. This is not an error by the heating companies. Mears uses renewable energy.

Mears is a professor of Bioresource Engineering at Rutgers University. He installed a system that ends the use of fossil fuel to heat his home. He created a space under his floor. He fills that space with water. Solar energy heats the water. When there is no sun, Mears uses a wood stove that heats the water. The stove is very energy efficient.

More than 85% of all energy consumed in the U.S. comes from fossil fuel. This means coal, oil, and natural gas. 18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from operating individual homes. That is 1,200 kg of carbon per year per person. Usually heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems produce the most greenhouse gases.

Mears can keep his home at 20 degrees Celsius or above. This demonstrates that his energy sustainable house is not an impossible idea. The technology is available for everyone. Green living is a real possibility.

 Prepared by: JZEnglish

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