Saving the planet doesn't have to be a huge effort made by hundreds of people. In fact, there are tons of little things you can do without making huge changes to your lifestyle.
The universe is thought to be approximately 13.7 billion years old. Energy is produced by everything in the universe. Light energy is produced by nuclear reactions in the center of stars. When you run you produce energy, breathing, crying riding a bike – everything produces and uses energy.
Fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal are the world’s leading elements for energy production. 75% of our fuel is wasted by automobiles. The heat and noise generated are a huge waste of our earths energy supply.
With about 70 million barrels of oil being pumped from the earth daily it is predicted that by 2050 we will have drained all of the oil from the earth. If we continue using gas at the rate of current consumption we are expected to deplete the supply by the year 2100. Coal may last until the year 2250.
Who are the leading consumers and producers of the earth’s fossil fuels?
Japan uses five times more energy than it produces. France uses about 2 times the amount of energy that it produces. The United States are heavy consumers of energy, using about 1/3 more energy than it produces. The Russian Federation is a leader in production, consuming about 60% less than is used. Canada produces about 52% more than is consumed by its occupants.
- Walk, bike or use public transportation rather than driving.
- Use a composting bin
- Use a rain barrel to collect water
- Use energy efficient home appliances
- If you are not using electrical appliances, keep them powered off and unplugged. A small amount of electricity always travels through power cords when engaged.
- Plug all the air leaks in your home
- Take faster showers
- Keep your appliances set at energy efficient levels
- Set your refrigerator close to 37* F and your freezer to 3* F
- Do not over heat or over cool rooms
- Use energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (while they may cost more they save 25% more energy and last 8 to 12 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs.
- Replace air filters regularly
- Insulate water heater and pipes in the basement
- Use cold or warm (not hot) water for laundry
- Wait until the dishwasher is full before running the cycle
- Use low flow shower heads