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Alternatives to Crude Oil Consumption

Aug 17, 2007
Over the last few decades, more people have become aware of the fact that crude oil reserves are slowly depleting. While it is true that many oil products are being recycled, the fact is that as a rule we still rely very heavily on the consumption of fresh petroleum products. It is only a matter of time before we will have to learn how to get along without oil as a major part of our lives. Here are some suggestions of how we can decrease our dependence on oil products and still maintain an equitable standard of living.

Biofuel alternatives are currently being used in small quantities at this time. Along with the use of corn and other vegetables as the source for biofuels, waste products are also being used in some forms of biofuels as well. While the further development of biofuels as a resource continues, it will be many years before most of us will have access to this energy resource as a viable alternative to gasoline for cars and as a heating source for our homes. But at least it is a step in the right direction.

On a more personal level, we can adopt a lifestyle that is less dependent on the automobile for getting around. Use the transportation system in your city from time to time, especially when you want to do some shopping and don't have to be anywhere at a given time. As you learn the bus and subway schedules, you may begin to feel confident that the system will get you anywhere you want to go. The nice thing is that a month long pass in many cities would be about the cost of one tank of gas in your car. You save money and use less oil products as well.

Another alternative is to kill two birds with one stone by getting out your bicycle and using it for short trips. You have the dual benefit of reducing your dependence on crude oil products and getting some much-needed exercise at the same time. That solid cardiovascular workout can only do you good, and certainly any decrease in the use of gasoline will mean resources for another day will be on hand.

Take a long hard look at your lifestyle and see how you can cut back on your use of products that come from crude oil. In the long run, you will be doing yourself and your loved ones a big favor.
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Mayoor Patel is the writer for the website http://crude-oil.oil-universe.com. Please visit for information on all things concerned with Crude Oil
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