To be or not to be green is the question. Going green not only helps the environment and wildlife, it can also save you money.
For instance, a little thing like changing five of the most frequently used light bulbs or light fixtures with ENERGY STAR qualified products in your home can save you close to $70 on your energy bill.
ENERGY STAR lighting uses approximately 75 percent less energy than typical lighting, generates 75 percent less heat, and can last up to 50 times longer.
Reasons to be green
Scientist, researchers, and many people around the world believe humans are largely responsible for the recent climate change. For more than 100 years, the activities of humans have released vast amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.
This greenhouse gas blankets the earth, locking energy in the atmosphere, and causing warmer temperatures here on Earth.
For thousands of years, humans have lived in predominately-stable climates; however, according to many scientists, the global climate is drastically changing due to the excessive amount of carbon dioxide trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere.
This has led to changes to the Earth’s system and climate, which can ultimately affect transportation and power systems, agriculture, water supplies, the natural environment, and our safety and health.
More ways to be green
To be green, we must be more energy efficient. We can do a number of things to accomplish this. First, check your ecological footprint. Determine how much pressure you are demanding on nature.
Second, learn what you can do to be green by visiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website: What You Can Do. You’ll find additional ways to save money, while protecting your environment. You may also want to view the new public service video series on climate change just released by the EPA: “Act on Climate Change.”
Take a few minutes out of your day to learn ways to be green. You’ll save money, feel a sense of accomplishment, and feel good about yourself for doing one more achievement in your life that is worthwhile and beneficial.
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