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White Paper - Practical steps for the Mitigation of Climate Change - Overview of the suggested cost-efficient transition to Sustainable Energy Consumption at the residential sector (Driven by public)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This White Paper introduces Bulbee - The Initiative for Personal Energy Sustainability as an alternative, complementary and completely viable approach for the Mitigation (Reducing emissions of and stabilizing the levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere) and the Adoption (Adapting to the climate change already in the pipeline) of Climate Change in The Residential Sector via utilization of almost untapped resource of residents themselves (from the bottom up approach).

It offers an overview of the Bulbee processprobably the most viable and cost-efficient transition to Sustainable Energy Consumption at the residential sector; and provides an assessment of how it can be applied and extended to increase the adoption of sustainable energy consumption (efficiency + renewables for self-consumption) as a standard on a global scale. Since the existing barriers are not technological but mainly cognitive and conceptual both among policy makers and end-users, the proposed alternative puts the main emphasis on dealing with these barriers.

The suggested interdisciplinary process consists of an over-time deep energy retrofit mainly focused but not limited to the existing residential buildings (private residences), and accompanied by completion of the remaining energy deficit with renewable energy for self-consumption.

Large parts of the process are designed to allow the user to perform many operations independently (in DIY manner) to reduce the involved costs; gradually - to align with end-users' subjective circumstances, and realistically - while referring to solutions that exist today and by combining the solutions to achieve maximum effectiveness for the process.

Bulbee aims to close the gap between end-users' current procrastination and taking active personal action, and it also aims to establish a collaboration between authorities and end-users' to increase chances for Mitigation and Adoption of Climate Change that threats us all.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

Attention!

This White Paper is addressed to you, reader, in two ways:

  1. First, as a residential energy consumer – like we all are

Regardless of your location, socioeconomic status, language, gender or else – the suggested principles behind this White paper will help you cut your bills, reduce Carbon Imprint and simultaneously raise your home value.

  1. Second, as a professional in the areas adjacent to the subject matter

Whether you are a policymaker or politician, researcher or educator, CEO or other position holder in Hardware or Software Company, journalist or influencer …..

Please address the subject considering both of these perspectives - personal and professional

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Matt Chester on January 18, 2019

Great resource, Tal-- thanks for sharing!

Bulbee aims to close the gap between end-users' current procrastination and taking active personal action

This is the hook for me-- it seems the public too often gets stuck in the loop of understanding that there are energy & climate issues out there and that there are steps to take, but we lose them somewhere between there and actual action. So kudos on trying to address it there.

In your experience with this thinking, what sort of feedback have you gotten from the average person? What about from those in energy?

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Tal Paperany on January 20, 2019

Matthew,

Thank you for your comment. Since your comment raises a couple of questions, I'll refer to each one separately.

1.      Average persons' feedback – according to online questionnaires we run online, 67.1% of respondents have clearly stated that they are ready to start energy consumption optimization process, and 32.10% of respondents stated they will consider it. It must be noted that these questionnaires haven't emphasized one of the major topics concerning end-users' current losses – whether monetary, Carbon Imprint related or others. According to what we learned by talking to private energy consumers in several countries (Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, US, Holland, Germany, Israel, Spain, India) – even slight mentioning of such losses completely changes end-users perspective towards this issue. It seems that the Loss Aversion mechanism is deeply "embedded" into the human decision-making process.

2.      Feedback from energy professionals - Wow, This is a very short but extremely important question that can't be answered properly in few sentences. That's why I have decided to separate this answer into 2 parts:

a.      Short answer – we haven't received even single negative feedback from any professional who operates in energy-related fields. The contrary is true. Yet, it won't be correct to boast on positive feedbacks since we clearly wish to obtain independent feedbacks and criticism from EnergyCentral professionals who'll get familiar with this initiative and approach without having direct contact with us.

b.      Initial detailed answer – After getting your question I realized that the proper answer to your question requires an in-depth analysis of the received feedbacks and review of the potential implications of the initiative on the painful issue of wasted energy (rejected energy). According to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the U.S. grid infrastructure wastes over 70% of the energy used to generate, transmit, distribute and utilize electric power (https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/content/assets/images/energy/us/Energy_US_2015.png). Considering over $350 billion Americans spend on energy annually, the scope of losses is unbelievable. I have no doubt that the majority of Energy professionals are fully aware of these figures and besides the obvious current trends of Electricity Grid efficiency optimization considering electricity generation, transmission, and network balance, they have obviously figured out the complementary potential of this project as an additional mean for regulating (balancing) the energy demand during peak hours, as well as a mean to reduce energy wastage (loss) at low demand hours.

There is an additional and even more complex aspect - the need for replacement of the existing energy infrastructure, that according to Business Insider should cost Americans 5 trillion $ - https://www.businessinsider.com/replacing-the-us-electric-grid-could-cost-5-trillion-2017-3.

In my humble opinion, even to such Super Power as US is, such expenditure (that is bigger than the US annual budget) should and could be avoided…. And probably it is possible…

This was just an overview, or more precisely just an introduction for an answer to your second question. Considering absolutely enormous amount (up to 60-70%) of the "rejected energy", it is clear that we all must offer comprehensive real-life solutions.

From my part, I'll put on paper our findings and share them with you guys shortly.

In addition, I'd like to ask if somebody is aware how much energy (as a percentage or else) goes to waste due to lack of demand during Low Demand hours – such as during night time?

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Rafael Herzberg on May 17, 2019

Very interesting article! The behavioral aspects of going for a sustainable, long term, energy production & consumption, are for sure, also very important. It reminded me a list of experiements published in a book authored by Dan Arieli a super interesting psicologist.

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