How to save money and help stop dangerous climate change by using different light bulbs for cars
In the wake of the Prime Minister's tough talk on climate change at Earth Summit II,there's much speculation over how much measures to cut carbon dioxide and save energy will really cost consumers. But combatting climate change needn't cost the Earth. Saving energy at home is not only good for your pocket, it's good for the planet. Friends of the Earth has compiled ten top tips to help everyone save energy,save pollution and save money!
Warning - climate catastrophe ahead
Floods, storms and droughts are bad news- especially when their occurence becomes alarmingly unpredictable. Yet this could be the devastating impact of climate change which seriously threatens every country in the world.
Fuelling the problem
Energy plays a vital part in our everyday lives. It heats our homes, cooks our meals and keeps our cars on the go. But unfortunately, the energy sources we use and the way we use them are largely to blame for the threat of dangerous climate change.
Nearly all of the energy we use comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. As well as providing us with energy, the burning of these fuels leaves behind a damaging and unwanted by-product: carbon dioxide.
Scientists warn that the carbon dioxide pollution building up in our atmosphere must be cut drastically in order to avoid a catastrophic change in the world's climate.
A very important part of the solution is for everyone to use less energy. Saving energy isn't difficult. Much of it is simply a matter of habit. And not only does it help reduce the threat of climate change - it saves money too!
It's in everyone's interest to take action - see over for Friends of the Earth's ten top tips!
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Friends of Earth is offering a free information pack to the public, outlining the facts about climate change and what everyone can do.
Friends of the Earth's top ten money-and-planet-saving tips
1. Turn down your central heating by 1 degree C, or use one hour less heating a day and reduce your water heating by 55 degrees C and you could save between £5 - £40 a year.
2. Fit your loft with at least 15 centimetres of glass fibre or mineral wool and lag all hot water tanks and pipes. This could save as much £70 a year.
3. Insulate cavity walls to save up to £170 a year.
4. Stop heat from escaping by draught proofing all doors and windows and save up to£30 a year.
5. Fit compact fluorescent light bulbs where lights are left on for a long time. They produce the same amount of light as ordinary light bulbs but last eight times longer -and only use about a quarter of the energy of ordinary bulbs.
6. If you have a 'flame-effect' fire use it as little as possible - it is very energy-inefficient!
7. Put aluminium foil behind any radiators which are left on for a long time. They will keep rooms warmer by reflecting heat back into the room.
8. Control outside security lights with passive infrared sensors with adjustable 'on' time,so that lights are only on when necessary.
9. Share your car journeys with another driver - this will cut in half your share of carbon dioxide pollution per journey - and the cost of petrol!
10. Save petrol and money by driving more fuel-efficiently; avoid sharp breaking, drive more slowly, and avoid leaving the engine running while stationary.
More easy ways to save!
Switch off lights you're not using...don't fill the kettle every time you boil it...use cooler temperatures in your washing machine... let the sun dry your washing whenever it's out...defrost your fridge regularly...put lids on pans to save energy and cook food more quickly...don't leave your TV on standby...use manual garden tools not power tools...
Invest in the future
Savers can help to combat climate change and earn interest on their money too by opening an Earth Saver Account with the Triodos Bank. Developed in partnership with Friends of the Earth, the Earth Saver Account raises funds for energy conservation and renewable resources.
. Nearly all of the energy - 90 per cent - used in the UK comes from fossil fuels.
. The average UK household emits 7.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.
. The terrifying impacts of climate change could be felt within the next 20 years.
. In the UK, the last two years have been the driest on record.
. In April 1997, barley and wheat crops in East Anglia struggled to survive conditions that were nearly as dry as the Sahara desert.
. In Britain, coastal lowlands around the Wash, Norfolk and Suffolk coasts, areas in Teeside and in south west Lancashire are particularly at risk from the devastating impacts of rising sea levels, storm surges, flooding and erosion.
. Hotter weather could also bring with it more household pests such as cockroaches,fleas and mites, not to mention blood-sucking ticks, which carry diseases.
. It is only a matter of time before malaria reaches favourite holiday destinations such as southern Spain and Italy.
Mark Harris contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.discount-light-bulbs.com.
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