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Environment

Environmentalism.  It's a polarizing word; depending on who you are, any number of images may come to mind - everything from a well-informed citizen who fights to protect the air we breathe to a smelly, unwashed hippie chained against a tree.  In the end, what you think in your own mind is your own business.  Having said that, a healthy, clean environment is beneficial to everyone - without exception. 

 

The good news is that you don't need to chain yourself to a tree or carry a protest sign to make an impact.  Actions as simple as picking up litter along the side of the road and turning off un-used or un-needed lights at home or at work can make a difference.  Seriously - if every person in the United States simply turned off one unused 60 watt light bulb for 4 hours, everyday, over the course of the year we would have to produce 21.9 million megawatt-hours less of electricity1.  That's alot.  To put that into perspective - that's roughly about one-sixth of the total electrical power produced by oil in the United States.2  And that's just one light bulb.  :)  I'm a firm believer in conservation.  Innovation is fine, don't get me wrong, but conservation will always win the day.  If you don't need it on, don't leave it on.  That goes for lights, televisions, radios, and computer screens.  And - if you don't want to do it for the environment - do it for your wallet.  (and split the savings with me - 50%-50%)  :)

 

If your ambitions involve more than just flipping off a few lights, there are any number of 'at home' improvements that can make a positive impact; installing high-efficiency lighting where it makes sense, insulating your hot water heater, installing 'tankless' hot water heaters and improving your home's insulation are all good examples.  Another worthwhile project that anyone can do is making a compost pile.  Composting is a great way to have a FREE soil enhancer at your disposal.  Additionally, you'll be reducing the volume of organic materials going to the landfill - where they don't do much of anything...aside from take up space.  Composting is simple, it doesn't take much space and your neighbors won't mind at all.  Click here to find out more.

 

 

1 - 60 watts x 4 hrs x 365 days x 250 million people = 2.19 x 1013 watt-hours...divide by 1,000,000 watts/megawatt - there ya go.
2 - Based on FY2005 data collected by the US Dept. of Energy - http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epa/epates.html

 

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