Everybody knows that global warming is a growing problem. The driving factor behind it is carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas which is released when fossil fuels are burned. To stop global warming we therefore have to stop burning as much of this non-renewable energy. There are two main ways of doing this, using less energy and using renewable energy like solar energy.
With that in mind, here are the top five ways to stop global warming.
Switch to Solar Energy. At the moment it’s not possible to drive a solar powered car or fly in a solar powered plane, but you can use a solar powered computer, a solar powered washing machine or vacuum cleaner. In fact, anything that uses power in your home can be solar powered if you have solar panels installed on your roof. Of course this does involve an initial expense, but if you can afford that, then you will be immediately be saving money on your electricity bill. Also, you will be receiving money from the feed-in tariff set up by the government to encourage the use of solar energy, so that in time it will actually become a profitable investment. Most importantly of course, it will also save many tons of carbon dioxide from having to be released into the atmosphere so it will be helping to stop global warming.
Recycle and Reuse. A lot of fossil fuels are burned to provide energy for manufacturing. This means that if people stopped demanding so many new things, they would not be made and carbon dioxide would be saved. Recycling is a part of this, although that expends some energy as well. If at all possible therefore the best thing to do is to reuse. Most of us will think of plastic bags for shopping when talking about reusing, and that is one important aspect of it, but really anything which can be used again, even if it is not for the purpose it was designed for, will help to stop global warming.
Energy Efficient Products. There are certain things that we really need to maintain a good standard of living and can’t be reused. Things like light bulbs, transport and heating. In almost all cases though, there is always an energy efficient option. Everyone knows about the energy efficient light bulbs, you can also get energy efficient boilers for heating and also cars which are energy efficient. Any time you are about to buy something that needs power, ask if there is an energy efficient alternative.
Use Less. One direct way of using less energy is by using the products that require energy less. If a shop is in walking distance, then walk instead of using the car. If nobody’s in the room, turn the light off. Only use as much hot water as you absolutely have to. All of these things, although they sound simple, will end up saving a lot of energy.
Plant a Tree. One of the best things you can do is plant a tree or trees. Rather than using less energy or getting your energy from a different source, by planting a tree you are actually helping to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as all plants and trees convert carbon dioxide to oxygen through the process of photosynthesis.
These are the top five ways to stop global warming, and on behalf of the children of the future, thanks for caring!