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How We Can Slow Down Global Warming - Help Prevent Global Warming with These Household Tips
We need to start taking responsibility for the emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and CH4 (methane) that are creating a hole in the ozone layer. This hole catalyzes global warming by allowing more heat into our atmosphere. Since 1750, the level of CO2 in our atmosphere has increased by 31% and CH4 has increased by a staggering 149%. Surprisingly enough your family’s home can produce more pollution than the average gas operated car, so it is time to start taking some action! There are different ways that you can reduce your home’s yearly gas emission levels on any budget. Don’t let your home be an enemy to the ozone layer.
Recycling is a free way to get started helping the environment. Some of the many things that can be recycled include: cans, bottles, newspaper, plastics, glass and even batteries. You can bring your cans and bottles to your local redemption center or donate them to charity. Sort out your newspapers, plastics, and glass into separate containers and check with your local sanitation department as to where they will be accepted. When you recycle, you help reduce the CO2 emissions because factories will not be producing extra materials. Another way to get on the recycling bandwagon is to buy products that are sold in already recycled containers.
Screw in a Lightbulb
An effortless and cost efficient way of reducing gas emissions in your home is as easy as screwing in a light bulb! You can reduce your electricity bill up to 67% and help the environment by replacing your current C02 producing light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Initially, Compact fluorescent light bulbs will cost you a few dollars more, but they will last 10-20 times longer than standard bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights also fit in standard fixtures, so there is no need to spend any additional money on buying new fixtures.
Plant Some Trees
A slightly greater investment to undertake around the house is planting trees and plants around your home. Fifty pounds of carbon can be recycled per year by the plants since they use it during photosynthesis. Planting trees around your property is cost effective because shade from them can reduce your air conditioning bills. After you’re done planting trees and plants around your yard, make to sit back and enjoy the savings, not to mention your new landscape!
Drive a Hybrid
If you are really gung-ho about reducing pollution, and have some extra money, consider investing in a hybrid vehicle. Hybrid vehicles do require fuel to run, however the fuel consumption levels compared to the average vehicle are much lower. Lesser fuel consumption translates into a reduction in gas emissions that are eating away at the ozone layer. Cars such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic can get up to 48 miles per gallon.
Causes of Global Warming & What You Can Do
All the causes of global warming can be separated into two categories: natural and human influenced. Global warming cannot be stopped, but it can be slowed down. While nothing can be done about the natural causes, something can be done about the human influences that are catalyzing global warming. You may not think that replacing your light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs will make much of a difference. Please consider this: what if everyone did just one or two things to help? Everyone’s efforts can combine to form a significant difference. You and your household can play an important part of that difference. Not only will you be doing something good for the environment, but you also will save a lot of money on electricity and/or fuel bills. Everyone can benefit from being environmentally conscious.
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