Reducing Air and Water Pollution
Reducing air and water pollution is always a challenge. Even in a smaller city like Enterprise, Alabama. So many things seem out of our control; however if everyone was to do their part, even if it’s just a small change, it can make a big difference. So many luxuries we have in our lives we take for granted, and so many pollutants we put into the atmosphere and our ground water without thought. I want to show that in a small town like Enterprise that does not seem to have much pollution the small things that people do can make a big difference in the overall pollution in our country. I feel that this will be the best way for Enterprise to help the environment, and reduce air and water pollution.
Air pollution is a rising concern in our country. The CO2 emissions are growing every year. There are some small things that can be done around our homes that can help. For instance according to the American Institute of Physics “In 1973 – refrigerators used 20% of the energy used in a residence” (Rosenfeld A., Kaarsberg T., Romm J. 2001). Due to more stringent regulations and better insulation this percentage has dropped drastically. The American Institute of Physics states that “200 billion kw/h less per year saving in 2001 compared to 1973, a $16 billion dollar per year savings” (Rosenfeld A., Kaarsberg T., Romm J. 2001). That is an amazing savings. It would seem to me that if everyone made sure that had a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc. that met today’s energy guidelines that we could make a big difference in the amount of fossil fuels that are burned to create this electricity. So send the old refrigerator to the recycler’s and get a newer one. One thing that the city of enterprise could do to help people to accomplish this is to give a possible electric bill credit for updating all of you kitchen appliances from the old electricity guzzlers of yester year.
Lighting in the home is also another way to...
References: Rosenfeld A., Kaarsberg T., Romm J., 2001, Technologies to Reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions in the next decade, retrieved June 11, 2006 from the American Institute of Physics web site: http://www.aip.org/pt/vol-53/iss-11/p29.html#bio
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