I came across this article that made me realize just how much energy we’re consuming. In the small town of Tocco Da Casauria, Italy, wind turbines are successfully producing high efficiency, low-cost energy. Since the town is located in a mountainous range, the passing winds help the small town conserve and surprsingly produce more electricity than they use. What’s really amazing about this is the fact that it’s the beginning of a new type of renewable energy that not only saves money, but produces profit as well. Now, the town doesn’t need to pay taxes or extra fees because the profit they earn from leasing the land to private turbine companies and the part of the profit from the turbines is enough to run the town. This “highlights the way that shifiting energy economies are often more important than national planning in promoting alternative energy”. Not only that, the town is depending on solar energy to run their cemeteries and sports complex. Can you imagine how much energy we can save each day if the majority of the towns are moving in this direction?
Not only is this a very sophisticated advancement in technology, we’re saving the environment! The common trend is maintaining a business surrounded by environmental-friendly products. If businesses and entrepreneurs can promote and emphasize the idea of “going green” in their businesses, many other people would take into account that these businesses are willing to preserve the environment, and so should we. Now that we have advanced so much in terms of technology, it seems that a lot of times, we’re only going green because it seems like it’s what we’re supposed to do. With the issues of global warming rising, I think it’s important to save resources so we won’t run out in the future. After all, we depend on natural resources just as much they depend on us too. If a small town like Tocco can already achieve so much in terms of saving the energy, it would be a huge step if a network of businesses choose to run their companies in a similar way. Here’s the link to the article “Ancient Italian Town Has Wind at Its Back” if you would like to view the article in detail.