UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss “The Lorax”
So I think at this point in time, we can all collectively agree that global warming is real and happening all around us. The argument is no longer whether i
t is a true fact or not but more-so if and how we can do anything about it. Well, we can ALWAYS do something!
One thing I’ve realized as an American is how privileged we truly are. In the chart to the right from worldpopulationbalance.org, you can see exactly how much energy the US consumes compared to the rest of the world.
Although the US does not consume the most energy in the world, we are a very close second to China. The most shocking part of this data is the amount of energy we use compared to the population our country. According to public.wsu.edu , Americans constitute 5% of the worlds population yet consumes 24% of the worlds energy.
SOO.. what can we do to change these statistics? Well we could get rid of the TV’s we have in every room of the house. Buy smaller houses that take less energy to heat or cool. Get rid of unnecessary lighting and electronic devises in our homes. But let’s be realistic, were a society of consumers and getting rid of these everyday conveniences seems like it may be the end of the world.
Option #2 would to make our homes more energy efficient. Here are some ways we can do so.
1 – Make sure your home is well insulated.
By having poor insulation in your home, it forces your heating or cooling systems to work harder, using more energy, to compensate for the hot or cool air that may be creeping into your home through the walls.
2 – Upgrade or replace windows.
If you have old windows with poor insulation it could also be causing your systems to be working harder and using more energy. By replacing your old windows with energy-efficient models will save you money on your heating/cooling bills as well as reduce your carbon footprint on Earth.
3 – Plant shade trees and shrubs around your house.
If your home is older and replacing windows and adding insulation isn’t an option, changing your landscape may be beneficial. In summer, the foliage blocks infrared radiation from the sun that would warm the house, this would help keep your home cool during warm summer days. While in winter the bare branches let this radiation come through, warming your home during cold winter days.
4 – Replace your furnace with a high-efficiency system.
If your furnace was built before 1992, the system could be wasting up to 35% of the fuel it uses. ACEEE recommends replacement with a new condensing furnace with annual efficiency of at least 90 percent. This type of furnace wastes no more than 10 percent of the natural gas you buy, and may save you as much as 27 percent on your heating bill.
5 – Improve efficiency of your hot water system.
By turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F), insulating your hot water lines so they don’t cool off as quickly between uses, and using low-flow fixtures for showers and baths you can cut down on your energy use.
You can find more tips on www.greenhomeguide.com!
Lets save our planet peeps!