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  • It was a scorcher yesterday, so I cranked the air conditioning but then I started getting

  • chilly, so I got under my electric blanket.

  • It's possible there's a better way...

  • Howdy domicile dwellers, Trace here for DNews.

  • When you're puttering around the house you're probably not thinking of melting ice caps

  • or changes in rainfall patterns.

  • You probably just want the temperature right and the lights bright enough to avoid shin-high

  • furniture.

  • And this is a huge challenge for climate scientists.

  • Climate change is such a massive, world-changing issue, that it's difficult for any one of

  • us to feel responsible.

  • No raindrop blames itself for the flood.”

  • But part of that is putting it in perspective, right?

  • A third of U.S. homes still use coal to generate those kilowatts; 36 states use it either as

  • the main source of power or electricity.

  • According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average consumption for a residential

  • home was 15,497 kWh.

  • To generate 1 kWh with a coal plant requires about 1.04 pounds of coal (0.47kg) -- which

  • produces about 2.13 pounds of CO2.

  • So for every kilowatt hour you can cut, you're saving 2 pounds of harmful greenhouse gas,

  • not to mention other pollutants from entering our atmosphere!

  • So, if we limit the amount of energy we're wasting at home, we all save money AND help

  • the environment!

  • Win-win!

  • And there are a TON of ways to do this

  • For example, about 45 percent of that is used for air conditioning, heating, lighting and

  • water-heaters!

  • Obviously, the easiest way to cut your use is to keep the temperature set below 68 in

  • the winter and wear a sweater, or above 78 in the hot summer months and go au natural.

  • All this will let your home heat itself more efficiently and remove over 1000 pounds of

  • CO2 from the air annually.

  • Remember when your mom shouted, "Shut the door, you wanna heat the whole outdoors?"

  • She is right, but the windows were likely worse culprits; 10 to 25 percent of all energy

  • loss from a house come from windows!

  • Simple stuff like simply using curtains to keep the hot sun out in the summer can make

  • a big difference.

  • Double-paned windows are help too.

  • They have two panes of glass, with air in between.

  • Believe-it-or-not air is a poor conductor of heat, so they insulate the house better,

  • like a transparent down jacket.

  • And if you're one of those -- go big or go home types -- look at your light bulbs.

  • Incandescent bulbs waste 90% of all the energy it takes to make the light as heat.

  • Swapping just one for a more efficient alternative would reduce greenhouse gases by 400 pounds

  • over the bulbs' lifetime.

  • 400 pounds from one measly bulb!

  • There are a couple choices now: the crazy spiral tube-y ones called Compact Fluorescent

  • Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

  • If every household in the US swapped out only one of Edison's old-school bulbs that would

  • be the equivalent of taking 800,000 cars off the road.

  • LED bulbs ARE more expensive but last 8 to 10 times longer than a CFL (and 50 times longer

  • than old-school bulbs) and, unlike CFLs, they don't use mercury.

  • To put it in perspective a 100w lightbulb used for 1,000 hours (one lifetime) will require

  • 100,000 watt hours -- or 100 kilowatt hours.

  • The LED equivalent over that same time would only be 25 kWh -- cutting another 160 pounds

  • of CO2.

  • In the US the EPA gives appliances an Energy Star label, telling us all how much energy

  • they'll using in a year.

  • Using efficient appliances, AND living smartly, will save thousands of dollars in energy costs

  • and can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65 tons per year PER PERSON!

  • Helping the planet is like putting money back in your wallet.

  • I kind of love that.

  • Another way to help save energy is by using smarter appliances.

  • AT&T Digital Life smart home security helps keep you connected to you home, so there are

  • no more what ifs.”

  • I know the internet likes to argue about it but in the scientific community there's

  • no contest: climate change is real.

  • So why is it so hard to get people to care?

  • Part of it, is not calling it climate change

  • I explains why, here.

  • Let us know what steps you'll take or how making a change worked out for you in the

  • comments, subscribe for more and I'll see you next time on DNews.

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    joey joey posted on 2021/04/18
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