Top 20 Ways to Reduce Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels
As in the whole world, most of the energy consumption in our country comes from fossil fuels (oil, coal, natural gas, etc.). However, burning fossil fuels, hydrocarbons and high levels of carbon as a natural energy source are associated with atmospheric pollution, global warming, toxin release into the environment and health problems.
Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce your dependence on fossil fuels. Here are 20 of them;
#1. Use LED bulbs that are more efficient (and therefore less energy-efficient) and long-lasting. LEDs need 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can be used for years.
#2. Turn off the lights when you leave a room for more than 15 minutes. The power saved reduces the demand for power plants, which requires less output than fossil fuel-burning power plants.
#3. Turn off your television, computer or other electrical devices when not in use; this is a good way to save energy and help those investments last longer so you don't have to buy new ones right away.
#4. Only use devices with Energy efficiency labels found on products that meet high efficiency standards. Thanks to the symbols of the energy labels, you can have an idea about the performance of the products, the amount of energy they consume and the comfort they offer. It can be found in air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators and almost every household appliance.
#5. Reuse products that require fossil fuel resources to produce. By avoiding paper or plastic shopping bags, you can reduce demand in the fossil fuel-intensive manufacturing process. Instead, use fabric bags for shopping. You can limit the amount of plastic and Styrofoam you can use by purchasing glass plates and glasses that can be used repeatedly, rather than just once.
#6. Buy products made with recycled materials. This in turn helps reduce the demand for fossil fuels. Check product labels to indicate that such materials are included. Reusing anything you can, like printer ink cartridges, also helps.
#7. Recycling. By recycling waste, you send less to landfills. Many cities have recycling programs and require residents to put plastic, paper and aluminum in separate bins. You can also donate clothes, electronics and other appliances that you no longer intend to use, instead of throwing them away, so that they continue to serve a purpose.
#8. Avoid using petroleum-based printer inks. Soy ink, derived from soybeans, is an environmentally friendly choice for printer cartridges. Newspapers and other print publications have also used some since the late 1980s.
#9. Use public transport. Fossil fuels are an essential part of the oil refining process. Public transport reduces the number of cars on the road and therefore the number of cars that emit emissions. You can also drive an electric car, ride a bike or walk.
#10. Telecommunication. Remote work completely eliminates the need to travel, avoiding the use of fossil fuels and fuel and travel costs. All you need is a computer/laptop, internet connection and smartphone. Perhaps the biggest return of the Pandemic process was the work from home processes.
#11th. Avoid using petroleum-based nylon. It can be found in trunk and umbrellas. Even nylon garments or garments made from polyester rely on fossil fuels, but garments made from natural fibers are a more economical and environmentally friendly choice.
#12. Invest in reusable containers. Plastics are environmentally costly to produce and dispose of, and they do not decompose. Bottled water requires a lot of plastic, so reusable containers filled with filtered tap water are better. Biodegradable plastics will decompose over time and are a slightly better option if you prefer to use plastic.
#13. Drink more water for your headache. Dehydration is a big cause of headaches, and pain relief products like Aspirin are made with petroleum products.
#14. Polish your floors with wax. Polishing floors keeps them looking shiny and new, but commercial polishes are often made from petroleum derivatives. Beeswax is a natural alternative and can do the same job.
#15. Use natural essential oils for your odor fix. Essential oils are popular, and not just for their attractive and pleasant scent. Traditional fragrance products and even perfumes are often made with petrochemicals, fueling the demand for fossil fuels and increasing their environmental impact.
#16. Use natural wood for your flooring. Wood veneers can increase demand for wood-based products, but plastic materials that look like wood are made from petroleum.
#17. Take charge of your glasses. Soft contact lens wearers often do not know that their products are made using petroleum products. Although eyeglass frames require some oil to make, they usually last longer.
#18. Use metal or clay roof tiles. Instead of replacing your roof with tar, which is a byproduct of coal production, use metal or clay tiles that are not so dependent on fossil fuels.
#19. Use more environmentally friendly gardening practices. These include the use of walk-behind mowers and planting gardens that limit the amount of space you need to mow. Reducing your reliance on fossil fuels can lead to more attractive landscaping on your property as well as better for the environment, your wallet and your health.
#20. Power your home with solar power so you don't have to buy electricity from coal plants. Also, the energy from the sun is free.
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