You already know that carbon dioxide is harming our earth by polluting the atmosphere, damaging the ozone layer and heating up the planet. Although nuclear energy, unlike fossil fuels, doesn’t create any carbon dioxide, we can reduce the overall amount of carbon dioxide in the air by using less energy.
I know what you’re probably thinking – if millions of people are all using energy, how can I possibly make a difference on my own?
But if everyone thought like that, we wouldn’t save any energy at all!
There are loads of simple ways that you can save energy and preserve our world for future generations. Why not try some of these:
- If your parents turn down the thermostat in your house, for each one-degree change your family can save up to 5% on their heating costs, as well as helping the environment.
- Turn off lights and all electronics (like computers, televisions, stereos, and video games) when you leave a room.
- Open your blinds or curtains on sunny winter days to let the sun into your home instead of turning on the lights.
- Save hot water by taking short showers instead of baths.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
- Recycle cardboard, glass and cans. If you have a recycling box at home, put your rubbish in there if it’s recyclable. Otherwise, get your parents to take you to the local recycling bank. This will stop rubbish from being burnt and producing carbon dioxide, and will also save energy at the rubbish dump.
Pretty easy, huh? So it’s true…
You can make a difference to the world, just by saving electricity and recycling.
Give it a go and get involved!