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Energy Efficiency Why & How?

March 25th, 2010 by Steve Hill Leave a reply »

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It is important for everyone to start becoming more energy efficient and there are hundreds of simple actions we can all take to reduce or energy use to save money and the environment.

It is vital to understand why we have to take action. So here is an overview about energy saving and why it has become so important worldwide.

A few basics before we look at the practicalities.

What are these Carbon Emissions you read about?

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a gas emitted into the atmosphere from many sources but the area that causes concern is the CO2 emitted as a result of burning fossil fuels.
Through photosynthesis plants and organic matter removes the CO2 from the atmosphere and the carbon helps to make sugars, which may either be consumed in respiration or used as the raw material to produce other organic compounds needed for plant growth and development, the Oxygen part of the CO2 is returned to the atmosphere. When the plants are burnt, either as plants or as fossil fuels, the CO2 is released back into the atmosphere.

Particularly since the onset of the industrial revolution there has been an ever growing imbalance between the CO2 the plants and organic matter of the earth can deal with and the amount still within the atmosphere. But, because industry and our lifestyle now depend on fossil fuels the balance has tipped causing an excessive amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

What is Climate Change?

With an increasing amount of CO2 in the atmosphere plus other greenhouse gases (water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone) the heat from the sun cannot is absorbed by the gases. That is why it is called the ‘Greenhouse Effect’, as the heat is trapped within the atmosphere.

This affect is natural and needed and natural making the planet around 20º Celsius warmer than it would otherwise be hence providing us a comfortable climate. This effect is now a problem becasue over the last 100 years or more the concentration of CO2 has risen by about 30%.

If the situation continues to warm up the planet at the current rate sea levels will rise, we will experience extremes in weather such as flooding, drought, snow storms and catastrophic natural disasters.

What can be done?

The world needs to pull together to reduce harmful emissions, the major contributor to the warming effect. Even though the Copenhagen summit in December 2010 finished short of its aims we are seeing many nations realising that energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways of reducing carbon emissions.

What can WE do?

We can all have a major have an impact on reducing carbon emissions by taking some basic steps.

Are their benefits now?

There are benefits now as you will save money from once you start to save energy onwards.

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