/ Cutting power use to the bone. #71
Using it, absolutely. Replacing all (or even most) their fossil fueled equipment with it, no. SpecOps is very small volume compared to the rest of the military. It makes sense for them to use quiet EV in-theater. How did they and the EVs get there...Jets using oil based fuels.I think that some of you are perhaps a little behind the times. The DoD has been using field deployed alternative energy systems for more than twenty years.
There are a host of reasons, but let's start with a few;
All the best,
- quiet (very useful for special forces)
- lightweight compared to generators
- the forward cost of fuel (forward cost of diesel in Afghanistan was over $100/gal)
The LEDs themselves use an almost undetectable amount of power. What does consume the so-called "phantom" power is the circuitry associated with them...the power supply, the circuitry for the remote control, etc. Your advice on unplugging unused appliances, phone chargers, etc. is solid.Another source of wasted energy that many overlook are all those tiny LED lights on appliances and electronic devices. Sure, each individual LED doesn't use much but many homes have several dozen burning 24/7. Just turn off the lights and walk around the house at night. You'll be amazed at how many there are.
Some LED's in hard wired appliances or those used frequently are difficult to turn off. You can however, unplug infrequently used devices like cell phone chargers, A/V equipment, PC's, etc.
Yes, conservation is a factor; California is the most efficient state on a kWh/person basis, a number that has improved pretty steadily since the 1970s.Impact of conservation is being muted…
I curtailed by 22% kW use at moms with LED mostly as she had the old three bulb 100W light bulb fixtures from the 50’s
Today the utility is requesting a 22% rate increase due to inflation and rising costs.
A lineman told me conservation is also a factor as homes become more efficient.