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March 1, 2010
The Power Switch
If you turned it on, don't forget to turn it off!
One simple way that we can conserve the Earth's resources is by not using more electricity than we need to. Remember to turn the lights off when you leave the room. Turn the TV off if no one is watching it. And your refrigerator will use less energy if you know what you want before you open it. That way you can close it again before too much cold air gets out.
How does this help the environment?
The energy to power the lights comes from somewhere. That energy is most likely derived from a coal powered plant that converts the heat from the combustion of coal into electricity. The burning of this coal releases large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. So, the more electricity you use, the more pollution you add to the the environment.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.