You're driving your
car . . .
and open the Power Window.
That's Free, right? - - - Wrong!!
Little things that we do routinely,
without giving thought to the consequences, can make a BIG difference in
the Quality of Air we breathe and the Water we drink - IF we ALL practiced
them! It's every person's little contributions that paint the BIG Pollution
Energy usage equates to Air and
Water Pollution. Gasoline and Electricity are produced by Corporations
which have Smoke Stacks belching Pollutants. They also return heated Water
into Lakes and Streams which upsets the Natural Ecosystem. Energy is the
power it takes to produce EVERY activity we perform !
You can use your Monthly Gallons
of Gasoline consumed plus the KWH (kilowatt hours) on your monthly Electric
bill as a rough gauge to indicate how well your War on Pollution is progressing:
Make a note of this $um for the month before you start battle, and additional
notations for every month you practice Conservation.
If you desire, you can keep two
seperate charts. You could even draw a Line Graph like this to indicate
Hang a copy near every Thermostat and Switch
and another on your Rear-View Mirror.
Your chart will be most accurate
when there are a constant number of persons living in your home and using
Electricity, and during the months when outdoor temperature is nearest
to your comfort level. Then heating and cooling, influenced by outdoor
temperature fluctuations, will have minimal effect on your Energy usage.
There are very few Freebies in
the World of Energy.
Your Personal Pollution Factor
is determined by how wasteful you are.
Let's take a microscopic LQQK:
You're driving your car . . .
and open the Power Window.
That's Free, right? - - - Wrong!!
ANY accessory you turn on in
your car will require Electricity from the Battery. That's Free, right?
- - - Wrong!!
The Alternator must work to replace
the Battery Electricity, which makes the Motor work harder and take more
Gasoline and belch more exhaust into the Air you breathe, waiting for the
next rain to wash it into the Water you drink.
The Headlights and Radio and
Power Windows and Turn Signals, and even opening the Door or Glove Compartment
[*]- ALL require
Energy, use Eelctricity, and put more Pollutants out your Exhaust Pipe
into your Lungs. Even turning the Steering Wheel, which works the
Power Steering Pump!
And opening Windows in your car
when it's moving creates an air turbulence that interferes with the aerodynamics
of your car to act as a brake and increases your Gas consumption. This
turbulance is in direct proportion with the speed you are driving. Speed
And remember; any Pollutants
you put into the Air you breathe, may be washed into the Water you drink
by the next Rain you get.
Braking pollutes the air, too!
Not only by the particles of Brake Pads that are lost along the roadway
next to the Millions of TONS of Rubber Tire particles. Where did you think
the Tread from worn out Tires went?
When you brake your car to slow
down, you are wasting the momentum that took Gasoline to build up. When
you race between traffic lights and brake behind the next car, the braking
action is thus wasting Gasoline. (And also wearing out your Brakes and
other mechanical parts).
And LQQK; your Brake Lights
are on !
Don't Fill your Gas Tank.
A Full Tank adds more fuel to a collision fire. The added weight will also
give poorer gas mileage, and increase the chance of spillage. Spillage
is especially important in Lawn and Garden Engines which may operate near
a Well, Garden, or Garden Pond.
Even driving with Low Tire Pressure
wastes Gasoline! keep them pumped up according to the chart on the Driver's
- Gasoline! The culprit is Wind Resistence. If a car was shaped like a
Bullet, there would be Very little Resistance as it cut through the air.
But try holding your flat hand
out the car window at 20 miles an hour. Then try it at 50. That resistence
is trying to stop your car the same as if you drove with your brakes applied;
perpetuating the Scientific Principle that, "For every Action, there is
an equal but opposite Reaction". You will go much farther on a Gallon of
Gas going 50mph than you will going 70mph. And your chances of arriving
alive are much better.
TailGating causes Pollution!
Driving close to the car ahead of you not only puts you at risk of a collision.
It also tends to use more Gasoline caused by your constant braking and
catching up, depending on the other driver's habits. And your eagerness
to reach your destination is only satisfied by mere seconds at best! Plus
if a COP stops you for TailGating or Aggressive Driving, you may arrive
much later and poorer.
Maybe it's time to trade cars?
If your Edsel is looking a little road-worn and the tires are finally showing
age cracks, and the window glass is getting foggy around the edges, then
maybe you should consider a good used car. A used car won't add more Pollution
in Detroit. And many will get 30mpg.
Whenever you waste Gasoline,
you are also Polluting the Air by the amount of Gasoline it took for the
Diesel Truck to bring your wasted Gasoline to the Gas Station. Plus . .
. the amount of Pollution spewed into the Air by the Refineries.
And the Diesel Engines that pumped it out of the ground. And the Diesel
Ships that brought it here from the Arab Countries. And don't forget
the Electricity that was generated from Polluting Fuels, which runs the
Motor inside the Gas Pump at the Gas Station to overfill your Gas Tank.
Inside your home
there is Mega-waste:
Thermostats have a BIG waste
potential. Every Degree that a Thermostat is set greater, takes more Energy
than the previous degree did! To heat a room from 70 to 71F. takes
less energy than to heat it from 71 to 72F. The same applies to Air Conditioning;
more cooling equates to more Pollution.
In your Refrigerator is a Thermostat
that consumes Electricity according to its setting. How often the door
is opened and for how long, determines the Energy used. Refrigerating hot
food uses more energy than cool food.
The Thermostat that controls
Heating and Air conditioning may be your best chance to save Energy. Setting
them no higher than you can be comfortable with, will do much to lower
your Pollution Factor.
The Thermostat on your Water
Heater has a BIG effect on your Pollution Factor, too. Keep it set low
enough so you can take a shower with no cold Water turned on. This setting
is hot enough for your Washing Machine. Taking a shower may use 2 or 3
gallons of Hot Water. Getting a Tub Bath may take 10 times as much.
Most Washing Machines have a
"Hot - Cold" Thermostat. Use the "Cold" setting whenever possible. Some
Detergents are manufactured especially for use with cold Water. Buy only
those that are marked "Biodegradable".
Washing a "Small" load of clothes
runs the Washing Machine exactly as long as a "Large" load. This makes
full loads much less Polluting. And remember that any Bleaches or
other additives you put into your Washing Machine will eventually find
their way into the Earth's Water Table.
Dishwashers often have a pre-heater
to raise their Water temperature. Set this Thermostat just high enough
to get the dishes clean.
Electric Blankets do much to
improve your Pollution Factor. It takes MUCH more Energy to heat a Bed
room than to heat a Bed.
The Thermostats that control
the Burners on your Kitchen Range can also make a noticable improvement
on Energy Conservation. Turning a Burner on "High" requires much more Eelctricity
than turning it on "Medium".
Turn lights off when you leave
a room; unless you hear a voice shout, "Turn that light on"! Use smaller
bulbs for room lighting, reserving higher wattages for reading areas. Flourescent
Tubes are very Energy-efficient.
and dispose of properly, every household waste that is not appropriate
for a Compost Bin. ESPECIALLY those containers that held Insecticides,
Weed Killers and other Chemicals!! Remember that many stores have a Recycle
Can to return the Plastic Bags they use to pack your merchandise.
Old Towels and Clothing make
great Dust Cloths and car Rags. And don't forget the Service clubs that
gladly take old Clothing and Eye Glasses. Some will accept almost any useful
item. And they don't require the time of a Yard Sale.
An innocent Tube of Toothpaste
requires Energy to make the Paste. And the Tube. And the Ink on the Tube.
And the Cap. And the Box that holds the Tube. And the Ink on the Box. And
the Carton that holds the Boxes. And the Ink on the Carton. And the Staples
and Tape. And the Propane Fork Lift that loads the Diesel Truck that takes
the Cartons to the Toothpaste Store.
When you use it like Crest shows
on TV (Dairy Queen with a curl on top), most of it blobs into the sink
before it touches your Teeth. Try using 1/3 less Tooth Paste and force
it into the Bristles; there'll be 1/3 less Diesel Trucks spewing Pollutants
as they roar past your home, on the way to the Toothpaste Store.
Trash the Remotes?
Every Electrical Device that uses a Remote Control, uses Electricity when
it is turned OFF ! The internal Receiver that responds to the Remote
is ALWAYS turned on, waiting for a command.
Most of these Electrical Devices
can be turned off by putting a Switch ahead of the Power Cord. That Switch
is used instead of the one on the Device. But TVs may automatically program
themselves for the channels available, and this programming is lost when
Electricity is removed. This causes the TV to reprogram before it displays
a channel. This is time consuming and not within the realm of average Human
But did you ever consider Trashing
the TV ? This may improve your physical and
mental health, by not inducing you to sit idle while you absorb worthless
programming and worthless snacks. It could induce you to walk around or
read a Book. That may be the greatest gift you could give a Child.
Should you decide to Trash the
TV, don't do it in one instant. Do it over a period of several months so
it is less objectionable. Summer is a good time to do this since there
are more outdoor activities available.This will give the viewers time to
gradually settle into a different routine. Right after Supper is a good
time to turn it "Off (and maybe "On" later in the evening), because the
induced activity will help burn Supper's Calories.
Night Lights consume Electricity.
Some, even in the day time. Get the ones with an Electric Eye, or better
yet; get the low-pollution Glow types.
Your Garage Door opener may have
a Sensor that prevents it from closing when a Child or Pet is under it.
It Pollutes 24 hours a day. If you have no Child or Pet, you may not need
Motion Detectors use Electricity
24 hours a day. Some older ones may even turn lights on in the day time
if they detect motion.
However tiny the device, when
their combined wattage is considered, you may be able to lower your Electric
Bill enough to afford a bigger Car. Which uses more Gasoline. Or even enough
to go on a Cruise. Where the Ship's Stacks will spew Pollution into the
Air you breathe and the Water you drink.
Outside your home
the Lawn may need mowing or watering. Could you put it off an extra day?
Mow or Irrigate 19 times a Summer instead of 20. Run the Irrigation 5 minutes
less; or 10 minutes less. A Water Timer can be a plus.
Maybe a bigger Push Mower would
get the job done quicker? Or a Rider? But it would take more energy to
Manufacture the Riding Mower. And more Water to wash it. And the Diesel
Truck to deliver it. And cost money which would run the U.S. Mint Machinery.
And deprive you of the exercise.
Plant Evergreen Trees on the
North side of your House to act as a Wind Break to the cold Winter Winds.
Even a tall Fence or Hedge may make a considerable difference.
You say you have a Cell Phone
on standby, waiting for a signal from the Tower to ring you? And a MicroWave
with a clock? And a lighted Doorbell Button? And a keychain Remote? And
your Watch uses Batteries?
Jogging is Free, right? - - -
Jogging makes you perspire,
and drink more Soda. And the Refrigerator Light and Compressor to cool
it. And the Detergent to wash your Towel. And the Box that holds the Soda.
And the Ink on the Box. And the Carton that holds the Boxes. And the Ink
on the Carton. And the Staples and Tape. And the Propane Fork Lift that
loads the Diesel Truck that takes the Cartons to the Soda Store. And the
Water Pumped to your Shower. And the Shower Light. And your Sneakers adding
plastic particles to the roadside Tire Tread particles, and . . .
on interior lights]
Health and Happiness,