How to Make a Big Impact: Air

How Much Energy You Use

Another area of air pollution to be aware of is energy use. Although reducing your energy use is good for a whole gamut of reasons, it’s effect on air quality is yet another one to keep in mind. According to MidAmericanEnergy.com, “When fossil fuels are burned to produce energy, carbon dioxide is released. Carbon dioxide is one of the gases that cause the greenhouse effect. These gases act like a thin film that keeps heat from the sun inside our atmosphere.”

The California Air Resource Board also offers some quick things to keep in mind for energy conservation:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Replace energy-hungry incandescent lights with fluorescent lighting
  • Check with your utility company for energy conservation tips
  • Use a programmable thermostat that automatically turns off the air conditioner or heater when you don’t need them
  • Add insulation to your home
  • Use a fan instead of air conditioning
  • Use an EPA-approved wood burning stove or fireplace insert
  • Microwave small meals
  • Insulate your water heater

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