Over the last five decades, the global mean temperature has been rising at an alarming rate. Global warming is becoming a threat to our world and if the extreme weather events are anything to go by, our ecosystem could cease to exist in a few years to come. We are seeing sea levels rising due to melting ice and glaciers because of the warmer weather conditions. Prolonged droughts are exerting a lot of pressure on food crops and our species together with those of other animals could be driven to extinction if measures are not taken now. The good news is that more people, organizations, companies, schools, churches, and communities are coming together to fight against global climate change. You too can join in the fight to prevent the effects of global warming by making changes in your lifestyle and home.
1. Change Your Light Bulbs
The regular incandescent bulbs consume more energy compared to compact fluorescent lights (CFL) which consume 70 percent less energy. Even better, LED bulbs consume way less energy than CFL and replacing all the incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs will significantly lower the energy levels used to light up our houses. Plus, they are long-lasting.
2. Drive Less, Walk More
Gas emissions from the cars we drive are polluting the air with toxic chemicals. The sharp rise in population has seen an increase in the need for transportation services. If you purchase a fuel-efficient car, you’ll help reduce these fumes. Likewise, maintaining your car and ensuring the tires are properly inflated can improve the gallons of gas you use by up to three percent. Imagine the impact his would have around the globe if every car owner implemented such a strategy. Some other ways to reduce air pollution from our vehicles include:
- Walking to the market
- Riding a bike
- Switching to hybrid or electric vehicles
3. Reduce Hot Water Use
Try to use warm or cold water to wash clothes instead of hot water. Limit taking frequent hot showers or use warm water. If you have an old water heater, wrap it in an insulating blanket to help conserve energy. Install low-flow showerheads to use less hot water and reduce your annual carbon dioxide emission. Doing this could save up to 500 pounds of carbon dioxide released yearly in your household.
4. Plant a Tree or Trees
We need plants to absorb the carbon dioxide in the air and release oxygen which is essential for our livelihood. Trees form part of plants that help to keep the balance in atmospheric cycle on earth. The constant deforestation of forests by industries is causing an imbalance in this cycle and planting a tree can help limit carbon dioxide emission. Start in your backyard or join communities that plant new trees.
5. Switch Off Non-Essential Power Outlets
Our homes have countless devices that consume loads of energy even when not in use. TV’s, fridges, power tools, audio devices among other electronics should be turned off when not in use. Adjust your computer or laptop to automatically hibernate until you actually need to use them.
6. Conserve Water
Water consumption is at an all-time high in all cities around the globe. A lot of energy goes into the purification and distribution processes which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. If you save water usage in your home, you save the energy used. Turn off water taps immediately you finish using them, especially when brushing your teeth, shampooing your pets or washing your car. Likewise, repair or replace leaky toilets and faucets to conserve energy.
7. Recycle and Re-Use
When garbage in the landfills decomposes, they release greenhouse gases such as methane into the air which increases the carbon footprint. Additionally, these wastes are manufactured in industries that use up plenty of energy. To help minimize these harmful gases in the atmosphere, try to recycle and reuse metal, plastic, glass and virtually any item that can be recycled. Recycling takes far less energy than manufacturing the items. When garbage in the landfills decomposes, they release greenhouse gases such as methane into the air which increases the carbon footprint. Additionally, these wastes are manufactured in industries that use up plenty of energy. To help minimize these harmful gases in the atmosphere, try to recycle and reuse metal, plastic, glass and virtually any item that can be recycled. Recycling takes far less energy than manufacturing the items.
8. Avoid Food Wastage
The U.S. spends approximately 10 percent of the energy in the growing, processing, packaging as well as shipping of food. What’s sad is that about 40 percent of these foods end up in the landfills. This means that all the energy used to get your food to the table goes to waste. Wasting less food is, therefore, part of conserving energy.
As you can see, most of these actions can be done right at home, starting with you and your family. We should all come together to fight global warming because it affects us all. Take the initiative today and be part of the solution. Generations to come will thank us many years later.