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Running head: ENERGY CONSERVATION 1 Energy Conservation Tracy L. Bignell SCI275 March 20, 2011 Linda Bowen
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ENERGY CONSERVATION 2 Energy Conservation The conservation of energy is vital to the existence of life on the planet Earth. Harvesting non-renewable resources need to be limited, and harvesting of renewable recourses needs to begin. When company’s harvest non-renewable resources like coal, oil, and natural gas they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This release adds to the greenhouse effect. Harvesting renewable resources like water, wind, and the sun rays carbon dioxide is not released into the air. Homeowners, renters, businesses, and government offices can help stop this harm within the atmosphere. Shut off the lights; unplug small appliances when not in use. The importance to conserve energy is great. Clean air, slowing down the green house effect, are some of the different reasons that make energy conservation important. Fossil fuels are made from these resources. Cole, oil, and natural gas consist mostly of carbon, and Hydrogen. Chemical reactions, which humans call burning, begin these reactions to oxygen in the air. The carbon combines with the oxygen producing carbon dioxide, and hydrogen combines with oxygen to form water vapor. A large amount of energy is formed, and released as heat. The greenhouse effect is caused by the large amount of carbon dioxide released in the air. There are some simple steps that the people who live in the confines of the communities around the world can do to help stop the escalation of the problem. Here are some tips found on the EPA website: “Set the thermostat to 68 °F in winter when you're home and down to 55° F when you go to bed or are away (programmable thermostats can do this automatically). Recycle items such as newspaper, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles; recycling these items requires less energy than producing them from brand new, raw materials.
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ENERGY CONSERVATION 3 Wash clothes in cold water and only in full loads. Use energy-saving settings on washing machines, dishwashers, and clothes dryers. Turn down the water heater thermostat to 120° F. Turn off, lights when leaving a room” (United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA-905-F-97-011, August 1997). There are many other suggestions found within the EPA Site. If the people within the different communities in the United States would follow these simple suggestions, it would help considerably. Limit the use of non-renewable resources, and maximize the use of renewable resources. A large amount of the population does not think they can do anything to help conserve
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