What it is
There are a lot of things that need to happen in order to combat climate change, we need cleaner energy, better vehicles, less deforestation, less poverty, all things that we can all do something about, but that are ultimately a number of big changes, relying on technologies and governments and lots of coordinated efforts. We also need to reduce our energy consumption, and that's something that each and every one of us can have a huge impact in.
How often do you think of the energy in the meat you eat?
Using energy includes the power that heats and cools our homes, powers our lights, makes our stuff, and keeps our bodies moving.Credit: Wikimedia Commons
We've all heard about turning off lights and TVs, and installing energy efficient light bulbs, but there is a lot more that can be done to lower your energy usage, and save money in the meantime. Everyone knows that we use energy on lights, TVs, refrigerators and ovens. But how often do you think of the energy in the meat you eat? Or the energy that leaves through the windows in your house, or in the trash can on pickup day? Each of these are important things to consider when looking at the amount of energy that you use.
Reducing energy usage means looking at the energy in everything you use, everything from how you fuel your body to how you heat your home to how your stuff is made to how much electricity you use, and looking at how to be more efficient. This section is all about conservation and efficiency. Conservation is the process of using less energy by not wasting energy unnecessarily, like by cutting off power to electronics when they aren't on and by throwing away fewer materials. Efficiency is doing the same tasks with less energy, such as feeding yourself with less energy intensive foods and buying more energy efficient lights and appliances. This is your section to shine and is where you can make your impact felt.
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