The biggest part of pollution is carbon emissions, and these are ruining our environment. People and communities need to do their best to manage carbon emissions in every way possible in order to help save people’s health and help the air quality as well. This can be as simple as turning off extra lights, recycling, and not using plastic. If people can get into the habit of doing certain things, we may be able to sustain the environment for the future, instead of constantly negatively impacting it.
There are many ways to lower our carbon emissions in the home. If more homes were equipped with renewable resources, the carbon footprint would go down considerably. Using solar power systems in Utah can utilize the energy from the sun, instead of using electricity to heat and provide power. Another renewable energy resource is using wind to provide energy.
If only energy efficient appliances are used in homes, it will lower carbon emissions. Energy star appliances with a grade “A” are the best in efficiency. Making sure appliances and electronics are unplugged and off when not in use will also be beneficial. Many televisions, stereos and computers will still use up to 40% of the power when they are not in use and are in standby mode. Chargers not in use need to be unplugged in order to save energy.
Other tips that can be used at home to lower carbon emissions is to lower the thermostat 1 to 2 degrees to reduce the heating bill by 8%. Also, lowering the water heater setting in order to save money is beneficial. A timer can be added to the thermostat so that the system does not run when no one is home. The washing machine, dryer and dish washer should only be run if they are full. This will save on the water bill and the electricity bill. It is best to use the clothes dryer as little as possible, instead hanging the clothes outside. There are energy saving light bulbs that can be used instead of traditional bulbs. Insulating the hot water tank, in addition to the walls will save energy.
People should only use the amount of water that they need. Being wasteful is only hurting the environment and wasting water that can be taken for granted. Water costs can be reduced by turning faucets off while brushing teeth or shaving. Taking a shorter shower to reduce the amount of water that is used will help to conserve. These things could save thousands of gallons every year, benefiting the environment.
RECYCLING, REUSING AND RE-PURPOSING
Energy is used to make “stuff” and a lot of this stuff ends up in the trash. Recycling plastics, metals, glass and paper can help to lower carbon emissions. Instead of replacing things in the home if they don’t work, people should try repairing them instead. Accumulating things that will be thrown away only adds to the landfills and only damages the environment in the long run. It is best to use reusable bags, bottles, and containers. Sometimes there are opportunities to repurpose objects that are not needed. Doing this as often as possible and at every opportunity will cut back on the garbage that is accumulated.
There are many ways to help lower the carbon emissions in our environment. People simply need to consume less. If communities work together to put programs in place that will give people the incentive to conserve, it can be gradually done on a global level, benefiting everyone and lowering carbon emissions.