Going Green, An Ongoing Series

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With Feast on Equality coming up on Friday, it's been a busy week around here!  But, I haven't been too busy to provide you with more Going Green information.  Since I have been a little crunched for time, I found some facts from Marc Swanson on the Going Green Today website. After reading through them, I knew that I just had to share them with you!

So, without further ado..... 

GREEN FACT #1

In 2008, the United States consumed 99 Quadrillion Btus (British thermal units) of energy

mostly in the form of fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and oil. One Btu is equivalent to the energy released by burning one match. So, the United State’s annual energy consumption adds up to a mind boggling 99,000,000,000,000,000 matches. That’s 271 trillion each day, or roughly 1 million matches per person per day.

GREEN FACT #2

100 watt incandescent bulb would be sufficient to drive a Toyota Prius from San Francisco to New York

A governmental study calculated that the gasoline equivalent of the lifetime energy savings offered by using a single 24 watt compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) in lieu of a 100 watt incandescent bulb would be sufficient to drive a Toyota Prius from San Francisco to New York. Replacing that 100 Watt bulb with a CFL will prevent the release of 800 pounds of carbon dioxide over the CFL’s operating life.

GREEN FACT #3

The amount of sunlight that falls on the Earth’s surface in one minute is sufficient to meet world energy demand for an entire year.

According to the American Solar Energy Society, the amount of sunlight that falls on the Earth’s surface in one minute is sufficient to meet world energy demand for an entire year.

GREEN FACT #4

The computer you’re using right now, in all the years you’ll own it, will never consume more energy than was required to create it

81% of the life-cycle energy costs associated with a single computer is from its manufacture, only 19% from its operation. The production of a single computer also uses 42,000 gallons of water. Please recycle your used electronics and turn them off when not in use.

GREEN FACT #5

Recycling a single aluminum can would run a TV for three hours

The energy saved by recycling a single aluminum can would run a TV for three hours. Every three months, Americans toss out enough aluminum to completely rebuild the nation’s commercial airline fleet.

GREEN FACT #6

We would save $3 billion in energy costs annually and cut national CO2 emissions by over a full percent!

If the entire population of the United States washed their clothes exclusively with cold water (instead of hot), we would save $3 billion in energy costs annually and cut national CO2 emissions by over a full percent!

GREEN FACT #7

Recycling one ton of paper saves 20 trees, 7,000 gallons of water

Did you know that recycling one ton of paper saves 20 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, three cubic yards of landfill space, 60 pounds of air pollutants, and saves enough energy to power the average home for six months?

GREEN FACT #8

15% to 30% of a home’s total heating and cooling energy is lost through poorly sealed duct-work

An estimated 15% to 30% of a home’s total heating and cooling energy is lost through poorly sealed duct-work, costing consumers about $5 billion dollars annually.

GREEN FACT #9

Burning one gallon of gasoline creates about 19 pounds of carbon dioxide

Burning one gallon of gasoline creates about 19 pounds of carbon dioxide. The average mature tree can absorb 48 pounds of CO2 per year.

GREEN FACT #10

10 calories of fossil fuel energy to grow, process, and deliver 1 calorie of food energy to our tables

It takes, on average, 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to grow, process, and deliver 1 calorie of food energy to our tables.

Now, that's good stuff right there and I bet it's a lot of information that you weren't aware of.  Don't forget to check out the rest of our Going Green series and let me know if you have any tips, tricks or information you'd like to provide!!

 


 

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