What Is Our Energy
The price of energy is high. Expect
that the price of energy to go higher, at least
within the foreseeable lifetime of most RVers. I am
talking about energy in the form of fuel to move your
RV, electrical power to light your RV, and LP gas to
warm your RV.
Sometime in the next 50 or 75
years humankind will hopefully find an
"inexhaustible" supply of energy, such as
hydrogen fusion, but as of today we live in a time
when energy supplies are being exhausted and
the fear of such exhaustion is creating a fear frenzy
and driving the price of energy into outer space.
Fill even a 36 gallon fuel tank and check the cost --
looks like something out of the space program,
You can blame the rising prices on
speculation or on Big Oil or on the Arabs, but the
real blame rests on a concept of what a lifestyle
should be like -- a concept that the USA has created
by its huge success -- and the desire in other parts
of the world to have the same benefits we have. Most
people in the USA have an addiction for using energy
whenever and wherever we want, and we are infecting
most other nations around the world with that
attitude. As a result, the worldwide demand for
energy is rising more rapidly than any growth in the
Today over 97% of the world's
energy comes from hydrocarbons (oil, gas, and coal
found in geological deposits created millions of
years ago). There are many people working on ways to
extract even more of those deposits, and there are
people working to develop alternatives, but it takes
a long time to bring such work to the point where it
can supply enough power to meet the growing demand of
the USA, Europe, China, India, and the rest of the
developing countries. Believe me, you full-timers
will not see it happen enough to make a difference in
your life. RVers will live in a time of limited and
high-priced energy supplies the rest of our
If you too are a Prudent RVer, you
will recognize that you need to adjust your
lifestyle to the new paradigm of high energy prices,
and even the possibility of limited energy supplies.
You can wait, but if you do, the cost of adjustment
will become higher and higher. And the effort
required to change some of your consuming habits will
Maybe you have heard of Peak Oil.
It is real; only the timing is in question, but my
bet is that it is either here now or will be within
two years. To better understand what it all means, go
look at the Peak Oil
Primer. To see what the effects will be, take a
look at the concise article from the Augusta Free
Press entitled, "Peak
Oil Will Change Our Lives."
So should you plan for this kind
of energy future. I suggest a four step
Understand your energy budget:
what are you using; what do you need.
Determine what consumption you
can eliminate and how to do it.
Take action: change your usage,
habits, and appliances.
Determine what you can do to promote a sustainable