Energy has become one of the most discussed topics around the globe. While some individual countries struggle to meet their energy demand, the world as a whole struggles to minimize its environmental hazards. You are probably aware that cutting your energy consumption with large or small lifestyle changes helps the environment, and furthermore also helps reduce your bills, especially for fuel and power.
More and more people are going green today, and there are reasons why so many people are choosing to be economically conscious. First and foremost is the conservation of the environment, because earth is a common home to all of us. Now more than ever, environmental issues are becoming especially important. We cannot deny the adverse effects that our modern lifestyle full of electronics and fossil fuels have on our environment. Reducing our carbon footprints would bring positive impacts to our family, others, and future generations as well as our wildlife friends.
Moreover, we seem to have an unlimited supply of natural resources, but we simply don’t. It is predicted that in 100 years we’ll run out of fossil fuels if we keep the same rate of consumption. To us individuals, saving energy has enormous benefits. Saving energy leads to producing less pollutants, and means a cleaner air for you and your family. Hence, the healthier respiratory systems. Lastly, it can create a cascade of benefits for the local economy. Studies have found that increased home efficiency leads to additional disposable income that is often spent locally. This supports existing jobs, and creates new ones. For businesses, increased efficiency means less costs of production resulting in improved profitability and hence increased output.
As we went through some benefits of conserving energy, let’s look at some ways we can implement if with just a few lifestyle changes. Installing Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs use seventy five percent less energy than the traditional incandescent bulbs. Even though the CFL bulbs cost a little more, they actually save money and also last longer. Turning up the thermostat of your home cooling system during the summer time can save a lot of energy, and give you the same chill atmosphere. Another way we can save energy is by using cold water for washing clothes in the machine. Most of the energy from washing clothes comes from heating of water, so by using cold setting you can save ninety percent energy.
Additionally, the clothes dryer not only shrinks all your pants and makes the skinny fit jeans unwearable, but it also waste uses five to seven pounds of carbon per hour of use-that may not seem much but you’re doing four to five hundred loads per year. So instead, hanging the clothes in direct sunlight can do the same job and at the same time save energy, last longer, and even smell better. Lastly, thin windows can result in huge amount of heat loss during the winter time, resulting in higher bills. Investing in double glazed windows can prove to be very vital in saving energy as it more efficiently traps the heat inside the house and puts less pressure on your heating system.
These are just some simple steps we can take towards a better future. We as current inhabitants of the planet earth have a responsibility towards our future generations, but it is important to know that energy not only be conserved, but research continues to find cleaner and better solutions for the future generations.