How to Reduce Fossil Fuel Emissions

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The United States is one of the top global consumers of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas are fuels that are formed naturally in the earth from the remains of plants or animals. Reducing fossil fuel emissions will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere ,which will decrease the deterioration of the ozone layer and help to reduce global warming. By making a few simple changes in your home and lifestyle, you can do your part in reducing fossil fuel emissions and helping the environment.

  • Take the bus. Leave your car at home and choose public transportation whenever possible. Using public transportation reduces your car´s consumption of gasoline and therefore reduces fossil fuel emissions. Save money by calling your local public transportation department and asking about a bus pass. Many cities offer special fare discounts for people who frequently use public transportation.

  • Start carpooling. Suggest starting a carpool group at your school or office. Carpooling is an environmentally friendly alternative if you do not wish to take public transportation.

  • Ride a bicycle. Riding a bicycle to and from work is good exercise and environmentally friendly because it uses no fossil fuels.

  • Reduce your consumption of water. Water treatment plants require the use of fossil fuels to purify water and make it safe for consumption. Installing low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilet pumps are easy ways to reduce the level of water consumption in your home. Take shorter showers, water your lawn at night and fix leaky faucets to decrease the amount of water your household uses.

  • Buy energy-efficient light bulbs. Using less electricity means you burn less fossil fuels and reduce emissions. Replace the light bulbs in your home with long-lasting, energy-efficient ones.

  • Use less electricity. Generating electricity requires burning fossil fuels. Unplug all appliances when not in use. Unplug your cell phone and other battery chargers after the batteries are fully charged to avoid using excess amounts of electricity.

  • Recycle. Call your local recycling center and ask about participating in a recycling program. Recycling materials reduces the need to mine for raw materials, which greatly reduces fossil fuel emissions.

  • Buy energy-efficient appliances like dishwashers and washing machines; look for appliances marked with the Energy Star label. This is another way to use less electricity in your home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use caution when replacing fixtures in your home. Ask at your local home improvement store for details on how to replace specific fixtures.

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