As I have read my last two posts about the limited amount of energy I have to invest, I have several additional thoughts. Being in the energy business now and working with energy topics everyday I’ve come to see many parallels between the energy we use to operate our homes and the personal energy we have to operate our lives!
There are “energy leaks,” in the electric world inefficient motors don’t use all the energy delivered to them, the remainder is wasted, it leaks. In the natural gas world all appliances have efficiency ratings, they tell you what percentage of the energy is actually used, like a furnace may be 80% meaning 20% of the fuel is wasted by exhaust. As humans calories are actually a measurement like BTUs (British Thermal Units) the typical way to measure energy. We are like machines in a way, we need fueled to run. When we take optimum care of our bodies by proper nutrition, rest and exercise we actually become more efficient at using the fuel and have more energy at our disposal. There is a physical component to our energy level. Someone who is overweight, doesn’t eat properly and doesn’t rest well may only be a 50% energy efficient person! The other 50% is wasted by “empty calorie junk food,” lugging around the extra weight requires energy that is just wasted. Often overweight people’s bodies have to work extra hard wasting energy to “cool” the system because of the blanket of insulation around them, we call fat. Someone who is fit could be running at 90% or better efficient use of the energy they consume getting a better bang for the food fuel buck! The higher efficiency person also has more positive energy to use for productive things because less is wasted.
The nice thing for everyone is by some lifestyle modifications you can recreate that energy guzzling body of yours into a leaner more highly efficienient model! There will be a great return on your investment!
More to come on this theme.