Re: Global Warming and what you can do to against it
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 02:15:48 -0800 (PST)
On Jan 16, 12:34 pm, "." <sustainable.future..._at_gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear All,
> As you know global warming is endangering the future of life on the
> planet. It will also affect us;
> rising sea levels, dwindling water supplies, mass deaths due to heat
> waves, stoppage of the gulfstream, which
> brings milder climate to north of Europe, super hurricanes, less food
> due to droughts are some of the effects.
> As you also know global warming is produced due to CO2 emissions
> coming from burning of fossil fuels.
Do liberals really think that saying something over and over will somehow make it become true?
> can every single person do to reduce global warming ?
> 1) Insulation: Do you know that you can save 50% of heating energy
> (and money) by insulation ? Especially in
> the times the financial crisis, you can make the insulation cheaper
> and save the money when oil, natural gas and
> coal prices are higher due to higher demand. What needs to be
> insulated ? Firstly the Roof, since warmer air
> goes up, then the windows (tripple glass or at least dual glass and
> shutters for additional insulation at night,
> and in summer time), then the outer walls. Also small cracks, leaks in
> weatherstrips etc should be eliminated.
> An infrared inspection of your house for heat losses would be the best
> way to find out what else can be done.
> A wintergarden will help heating your house additionally in winter
> 2) Using rechargable batteries instead of alkaline batteries, and
> charge them during less demand ours like at night
> will also save a lot of energy and money.
> 3) Lightning; the use of Compact fluorescent lamps instead of
> traditioanl light bulbs will save 80% of energy, the
> use of very new LED lamps will save even more.
> 4) Buying local. Most of the energy is spent for transportation of
> imported goods, especially food. By buying local
> made food you not only save a lot of energy, but also create more jobs
> at home.
> 5) Heating; there are several way to save energy and money by changing
> the heating method; you can use the free heat of the nature by adding
> a solar thermal equipment to heat the water for taking showers and
> also to heat your home. Additionally you can use a heating pump, which
> funtions like a reverse fridge; it takes the heat of the outside and
> transfers it to your home. You use much much less energy to do this
> (electricity to pump a liquid).
> 6) Your car; by buying a hybrid car you save 30% of fuel, by
> converting your car to CNG (compressed natural gas) you can save a lot
> of CO2, since CNG has much less carbon but more hydrogen, which will
> result in water (CH4 instead of C8H18). CNG will also result in much
> more energy output per mass. The conversion is not very expensive. It
> is totally save, since the storage has to resist a certain pressure.
> Of course there are also other smaller things you have to consider:
> - Each 60 pounds increases fuel consumption by 10%.
> - Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking)
> wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas
> mileage 33% and city mileage 5%.
> - Drive at lowest and constant rpms; 2000 rpm are enough; you can save
> up to 30%. Even a Porsche can be driven
> at the 4th gear at 20 mph and at the 6th gear at 50 mph with 2.5
> times less fuel consumption.
> - Avoid high speeds. Driving 75 mph, rather than 65 mph, could cut
> your fuel economy by 15%.
> - Use air conditioning only when necessary
> - Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline
> mileage by around 3.3%.
> - Replace clogged air filters to improve gas mileage by as much as 10%
> and protect your engine
> - Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken
> from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel
> as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Do
> not forget that in the first mile your car uses
> 8 times more fuel, in the second mile 4 times and only after the
> fourth mile it becomes normal
> 7) Buying A++ or A+++ equipments. The extra money you pay for this
> will be back in 1-2 years. It will save a lot of
> 8) Try to save also energy at your job; you can do it by insulation,
> more efficient processes, heat recovery, more
> efficient pumps/engines, low temperature processses, material
> saving, water savings, optimization, automatic
> turning off of unnecessary energy using processes, control if some
> processes are really necessary (the change
> of some processes makes other processes sometimes unnecesarry on
> which nobody has thought about).
> 9) Solar cells for your own home; at the moment solar cells are very
> cheap since there is an overproduction.
> These cells can operate a fridge for example.
Received on Sun Jan 17 2010 - 04:15:48 CST