Green Blizzard provides consumers and small businesses with practical insights and suggests on how to reduce your carbon footprint.
In this Green Blizzard – Sustainable Living Easy Step series, we will walk you through a series of painless first steps that you will wean you off of a fossil fuel and petroleum-based lifestyle.
Did you know that coal-generated electricity provides 54% of all energy consumed in the U.S.?
Clean energy is still a tiny fraction of the overall total. Many other industrialized countries rely on coal for about this same percentage of their energy needs. At this moment, there are more than 600 coal-fired power plants across the U.S., each with huge furnaces burning away and consuming massive amounts, trainloads of coal to keep your lights burning as well as all those manufacturing plants producing your future consumables.
The ramifications of burning this cheap energy source are widespread. As we see in the daily news, mining is a dangerous occupation and a destructive undertaking. Entire mountain tops are removed for easier access, irreparably ruining the surrounding countryside. Burning coal is not a very efficient source of exchanging energy.
Only a small percentage of its potential energy source is converted into electricity – the rest is lost. Then there’s the smog, soot, acid rain, global warming, and toxic air emissions caused by coal in its harvesting, transportation, and burning.
Not a pretty picture. So every ounce of energy we can avert, saves you money and reduces overall demand.
But a trite as it sounds, changing your lighting can make all the difference. We don’t have to sit the dark, or under some funky lighting. Its a simple task that merely requires you to walk away from your computer and make a purchase decision from a readily available, dependable, affordable array of lighting options.
CFLs are now cheap and LED are more and more reasonably priced every month. Both technologies last for decades and run on a fraction of the power.
First step – Take an inventory of all your lighting outlets. Inside and out. Upstairs, in the closets, everywhere. Write down the wattage and type. Any incandescent bulbs (the old fashioned ones) are your first target. In our next post, we’ll provide a chart on how to convert the wattage, (Lumens actually) of what you’ll want to replace it with.
Consider either one of these green, time-test, NOW very affordable, green options.