According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, April 2016 was globally the warmest April on record.
It’s getting hot in here and the consequences of global warming have become so evident that, if you live in Europe, you may have already seen people wearing shorts in February.
Carbon dioxide emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels used to produce energy, together with other air pollutants, are the main culprit for this increase in temperature. Once they accumulate in the atmosphere they absorb sunlight and trap the heat, thus provoking global warming.
If you think there’s not much we can do in our everyday life to improve this dramatic situation, you will be surprised to hear that actually, we can make a difference. Boosting energy efficiency is an amazing way of creating a tangible positive impact on the environment, getting in return a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle.
Energy efficiency consists of reducing the amount of energy required to provide products and services. With little effort we can reduce our footprint and contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change. Let’s have a look at 5 simple ways we can increase our energy efficiency and make a positive environmental impact.
When buying a new fridge or a washing machine, pay attention to the energy efficiency labelling of products; a more efficient appliance (class A or higher) will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere. CO2 is the climate’s worst enemy, the burning of oil and coal to generate electricity is a major contributor to this problem. Reducing its use also means saving money on your bill.
The production, packaging, transportation and cooling of food requires 30% of the world’s total end use energy consumption. Roughly twenty-five times more energy is required to produce one calorie of beef than to produce one calorie of corn for human consumption. A preference for corn, beans and local vegetables supports a healthier diet and cuts down our energy consumption. Opting for local, seasonal products helps the environment by reducing the amount of energy normally required to produce far-flung food by 5 to 17 times.