United States households alone are responsible for 21% of the global warming pollution that occurs in the world. This is more than the entire global warming output of the United Kingdom. It is clear we are not doing a very good job at energy conservation. Yet energy-conscious families can reduce their emissions by two-thirds with some simple choices.
1. Turn Off Lights and Appliances
The easiest way to start conserving energy is to turn off lights, appliances, computers, televisions, and gadgets, when not in use. We are spoiled. We have such abundance that we can waste it. Most of us have gotten out of the simple habit of switching off a light when we leave the room. Our grandmothers and always turned off the lights and would be horrified if we didn’t. They did it for reasons of money but there was wisdom in their penny-pinching ways. We are blessed to have, for the most part; plentiful and cheap sources of energy which has led us to take it for granted and over-use it.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat
Next, consider adjusting your thermostat. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and turn it down to 55 degrees at night. For each degree you turn down your thermostat, you save up to 5% of your heating costs. Grandma would be proud-and the earth will thank you, too.
3. Replace Light Bulbs
One excellent way to create huge savings in energy and money is to replace your current light bulbs with Compact Florescent Bulbs or CFBs. A CFB is four times more energy efficient than an incandescent bulb, and it will provide the same lighting. If you choose to replace 3 of your frequently used light bulbs with CFBs, you can prevent 300 pounds of carbon dioxide from going into the air-and save $60 a year. That is a huge savings for such a small action. CFBs cost a bit more upfront, but they are extremely long lasting. All you have to do to realize how inefficient traditional light bulbs are is touch one. It’s hot, right? Therein lays the problem-they put out more heat than light. This is where CFBs come in. If your idea of a florescent light bulb is the old tubes that buzzed, never fear. The new CFBs are a much different thing completely. They now produce the same kind of warm light you love from incandescents, and they use much less electricity. This, in turn, means lower electric bills and less global warming pollution.
4. Purchase Green Power
Look into purchasing green power. Many local utility companies are providing this as an option for its customers. Currently, more than 50% or power companies in the United States offer green power as an option. If you live in an area where retail electricity is allowed, you can buy your green power from an alternative source. If you buy energy through a regulated utility, many of these companies offer green energy and have graduated rates to accommodate it. You’ll pay a premium for purchasing all green power. Then there is generally a middle of the road option which is a little cheaper and is a combination of green power and traditional power. Or you can stick with your basic bill. But now that you are aware of the perils of global warming, aren’t you willing to pay just a few pennies more a day to help prevent it?
5. Buy Offsets
Or, you can buy offsets. What this means is that you are paying someone to reduce or remove global warming pollution. If you want to buy 5 tons of carbon offset, the seller then guarantees that 5 fewer tons of carbon dioxide will go into the air. This is a great option for those who have already reduced their greenhouse emissions through, say, the tips in this report, but wish to do more. By buying offsets, you can get your impact down to zero, and that is a lovely number when dealing with global warming. Just think how much closer we’d be to solving the problem if everyone got their impact down to zero.
To recap, here the Energy Conservation Action Steps
- Turn off appliances and lights
- Adjust your thermostat
- Close your drapes at night
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
- Take the CFB pledge at Environmental Defense and email it to your friends.
- Use natural daylight when possible
- Purchase green power
- Buy offsets
Any and all of those activities and others listed in this report will help. The only thing that won’t help is if you sit back again and do nothing. There are way too many people in this country and others who don’t know understand the parameters of the problem. Now that you do, it’s up to you to take action. Whether you are 20 or 80 our future and the future of our children and grandchildren depend on it.
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Deon Hoffmann, Owner of Womens Lifestyle Publications has an Aim in Life, to Inspire a New Resolve for Balance, Energy & Focus in Your Life today.
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