Overview of the Energy and Environment Business Sectors
Companies that operate in the Energy and Environmental arena provide products and services related to fossil fuels and other sources of power. The sector delivers offerings that combine with a cause or effect upon living things and the world around us.
There are many types of materials that are used to create energy, heat and warmth, such as coal, gas, oil and electricity. To source these online using a business directory, you could look under Coal Supplies, Gas and Electricity Supplies, Home Heating and Oil Supplies. This may help to provide links to relevant information including where to purchase, which energy supplier to use, which product to use to generate the energy, list local suppliers and give ratings to help support your decision on which one to choose.
For example, Coal Merchants are still operating today, (although not in the capacity that they used to during industrial booms). With a wide range of different modern alternative choices and less messy methods of keeping your home warm, coal is not in huge demand. Despite this, some people are choosing to return to traditional methods. As well as supplying and delivering coal, many specialist outlets stock a wide range of solid fuels such as firewood, kindling and wood pellets as well as a variety of stoves and wood-burners.
Various power companies that offer the general public a choice of electric, fall under the business category heading of Electric Power Utilities. They supply power to the majority of households as well as to businesses and industrial companies. They can be nationally owned as well as privately or investor owned. Some firms purely supply the electricity while other larger network providers generate and distribute it as well. There is usually great rivalry between companies. As a result, many energy firms employ cold-callers offering electricity at reduced rates if the home-owner signs up for it there and then.
A middle-man or third party who assists home-owners when it comes to choosing or deciding which energy, power source or company to opt for is known as an Energy Broker. They are not directly involved with any power company and nor are they allowed to sell directly. They are effectively an energy consulting service and have to stick to facts and figures. After the client decides whom to use, an Energy broker ensures that they understand the contract terms and what is expected of them in terms of the monthly payment and duration etc.
There is the option of having prepayment meters and many of these are still in houses built in and around the 1960’s. So there is also the choice of having them removed and paying by direct debit or some other means. A lot of customers like knowing exactly what their electricity or gas are costing them. They enjoy the control that a meter system gives them. It also gives them the satisfaction of knowing they won’t receive a huge bill for their usage.
If anyone is thinking of changing their pre-existing meter or converting to a prepaid one, then it is a good idea to access suppliers by looking under Energy Metering Supplies under a business online directory.
By searching under Energy Storage, potential clients can find out local and national companies who specialise in harnessing and storing energy. They able to do this by using a device or procedure that stores the energy to be used as and when is needed; this is also known as an accumulator. There is Kinetic energy which is basically movement or momentum of a source to create energy. There is also Potential energy such as electrical, chemical and gravitational.
Because some fuels have heavy consumer consumption, they are in danger of being used up. Consequently, companies are constantly searching for new places to find particular types of energy such as oil and gas. Figures show that during the past 150 years, although prospectors have drilled in excess of two million wells globally. The majority of those earlier drilled did not strike lucky. All relevant information relating to this can be found in an online business listing, under Gas and Oil Exploration.
Nuclear Fuels and their capabilities are endless. They are a relatively new form of energy when compared with fossil fuels. They are a product that after splitting an atom (fission) or creating a nuclear reaction (fusion) will produce a form of nuclear energy which can then be harnessed. Obviously the dangers of working within a nuclear power plant are immense, and strict rules have to be adhered. It is imperative that it is stored and disposed of safely.
Because of the world’s demands for energy, it is important that everyone is as Eco-conscious as possible. Recycling and Waste Management is an integral part of this process. It is imperative that waste products are distributed into different types of waste and material to re-use.
Sustainable energy is simply about supplying energy for today that will not compromise future generations. In order to attain this, scientists have found ways of harnessing energy sources such as the sun, rain, wind, waves and geothermal heat to create power. This is known as Renewable energy. On average, only about 16% of the world’s energy usage comes from this source.