Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Saving Energy at Home

The majority of climate scientists around the globe believe greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, and nitrous oxide contribute to global warming. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the burning of fossil fuels has contributed to the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is the main source of the increase of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.

Scientists now agree that we must start reducing greenhouse gasses immediately - before climate change causes irreversible harm to the environment and our economy.  We are all responsible for carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere - it is a result from the energy we use in our homes and businesses, and throughout our day.

The good news is that there are simple ways you can reduce your home's energy use.  An easy way is to replace traditional light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL) which use about 75% less energy than a traditional light bulb.  Making this change can help you use less electricity at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change.

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable energy.  Through their website www.energytrust.org anyone can get a free evaluation of the energy efficiency of their home and tips on how to save energy. But that is not all! Energy Trust of Oregon will send you an energy-saving kit with free CFL light bulbs and water saving shower heads and faucet aerators. Saving energy and learning about how to conserve even more has never been easier!  Simply go to their website and complete the online survey and they will mail your kit directly to your front door. 

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