Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Whether from exposure on radio, television, or the internet, most people are familiar with the idea of global warming. Media focus on the issue has sharpened in recent years.
There are dissenting ideas about the problem, but those who worry about it do so for a understandable reason. No one likes the idea of a future Earth that is uninhabitable for our descendants, after all.
Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize how easy, as well as how affordable it is to join in on the fight against global warming.
While the reports about vehicles and appliances that are energy efficient seem to be very helpful, the focus on them as ways to join the fight has been excessive.
There are far more affordable ways to help.
In order to prevent global warming, simply pay attention to the way your home is run. For example, many people allow their electrical appliances to keep running even when they are not in use so to help the environment, they should be turned off. This is a great way to prevent future problems and save money at the same time.
For the easiest way to reduce your electrical input, simply turn off all the lights and other appliances in the home when you are not immediately using them. This is not only a free way to help out, but you can also save money at the same time!
Another way you can help is by making sure your thermostat is not turned up too high so enjoy the comfort of wearing a sweater instead. Even a few degrees can help reduce the toxic emissions that come from your home.
Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize the many benefits to using energy efficient light bulbs, as oppsed to traditional ones.
These energy efficient bulbs also typically save their users a small amount of money. Many traditional light bulbs have to be replaced frequently, but energy efficient ones last for at least a year or two without needing to be replaced. Depending on where you shop, you may be able to buy these lights for around five dollars per multi-pack.
The contributions to combating global warming are not constricted to homeowners, as renters can help to. You may want to speak with your landlord about making any window repairs, especially if you feel cold air entering into your home when it shouldn't be. Your landlord can further save money through changes in the hot water heater or the addition of an insulation blanket.
You may not have the financial means needed to purchase a new hybrid or energy efficient car; however, you will still want to take a close look at your methods of transportation.
For many, we drive because we want to but don't actually need to. Other alternatives to driving are walking, the carpool, and public transportation. If you want to help fight global warming, you can easily do so by choosing to simply not drive three times you normally would during the week.
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