Essay 1 Prompt 1:
Stabilizing Climate: An Energy Efficiency Revolution
Take a moment to think about the amount of energy that you, just a miniscule one human-being on this earth out of billions, use each and every day. Simple tasks that each human does at every little moment use up a sufficient amount of energy: turning a light on in your house, driving to school or work, or using air conditioning to cool your house. Unfortunately, this energy releases massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions on to the earth. The amount of carbon dioxide that we are releasing using the energy that we are is harmful to the earth and to future generations; our future relatives could be in danger because of this. It’s important for the future generations and the future of our earth that we are careful with the energy that we use each day, and this is why it’s important that we revolutionize to a world that is power-driven by things such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy.
Living with two roommates, there have been multiple occasions where I’ve come home to a light on when nobody has been home; I can’t say that I have never been guilty of leaving a light on by accident, but the thought of the amount of energy that was wasted for no reason makes me cringe—not to mention what the electricity bill looks like! However, there’s a simple solution to saving energy when it comes to lighting your house, office, or whatever other environment that you’re in: compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). According to Plan-B 4.0, changing to CFLs uses “75 percent less electricity than old-fashioned incandescent”, and during its duration, each CFL will “reduce electricity bills by roughly $30”. It’s as simple as changing your lighting.
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