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Traffic and households produce a substantial portion of the exhausted amount of Korea's greenhouse gas. Thus, saving energy is intimately related with everyday life and can be a motivation for economic recovery as well as a helping hand in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore the first step of prevention for global warming in our daily life begins with saving energy, resources, and protecting our forests . The next categories required our continuous attention and practice.
Popular examples of saving energy would include : conserving electric power to cool and heat households and offices , saving water, reducing idling, using public transportation , car pooling , etc. Such practices often come with a degree of inconvenience but contribute to the nation's wealth by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
It is better to purchase products that have high efficiency and an environment friendly label.
Producing less garbage and recycling creates less greenhouse gasses such as methane.
Forests are ideal carbon dioxide sinks.
When purchasing household appliances, buy products with a high energy efficiency rating. The size of a refrigerator should be selected in accordance with the number of family members. When possible, opt to hand wash clothes. Try to be economical with iron usage. Contemplate whether your household really requires a microwave.
Carbon dioxide emissions can be greatly reduced by using ones' car more efsficiently. Positive steps are: car pooling, using public transportation, buying light-weight vehicles, refraining from idling, maintaining appropriate speeds, and using less air conditioning.
Over heating or cooling of a space increases carbon dioxide production. Being conservative about indoor temperatures and opting for fans instead of an air conditioner will create less greenhouse gasses.
Showering, doing the dishes, washing a car, and doing laundry all use large amounts of water which in turn creates carbon dioxide. Make water usage more efficient.
Recycling prevents emission s of carbon dioxide from burning garbage, and also reduces threats of bad odor, polluted water leakage and harmful insects. Also, it lightens the garbage load which means less greenhouse gas emission s during transportation and the garbage treatment process.
Cooking with efficient cookware and preparing meals in bulk will reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Always turn lights off when not needed and utilize natural illumination to its full extent inside while taking advantage of reflective panels. Using a large lamp is more efficient than using a number of smaller lamps. Reduce the number of incandescent light bulbs and replace them with fluorescent ones. Fluorescent lamps last 6 to 8 times longer and use 1/3 the power. Install time switches in hallways and porches.
Use energy-efficient products with a high energy rating. Apartments can save energy cost s through ESCO. ESCO, energy service companies, can install energy saving machinery with no cost burden on residents or building owners. They recoup their expenditure through savings in energy costs. There are already apartments which have saved on expenses without spending a penny. If such new technology is adopted, it can significantly help to prevent climate change.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide, the most prominent greenhouse gas, through photosynthesis. Thus, it is important to plant trees and nurture them. When paper and plastic products are recycled, the amount of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission s are reduced by half. Reducing the use of disposable paper cups would save 12,500 tons of imported pulp while preserving trees for carbon dioxide absorption.
Carbon dioxide is produced at every level of a product's life cycle. Paper, for example, begins its life as wood. After the wood is cut down, it has to be transported to factories, processed into pulp and eventually turned into paper. Then, paper is then transported to local distributors and eventually disposed of. All these steps produce carbon dioxide and the cumulated sum is quite large.
There are large differences in the amount of carbon dioxide produced and the amount of energy consumed between products of the same type depending on the method of production and the area of origin. For example, vegetable s and fruits that are grown indoors require more energy to grow than those from field s due to the energy used to maintain indoor temperatures.
Buyers have to carefully consider whether they will help society in reducing carbon dioxide emission s when buying a given product. Not only in household but also over the span of the product's life cycle. Purchasing products may seem like a trivial task, but when all the consumers put environmental concerns first in choosing which products to buy, buying pattern s can be changed even in today's profit driven economy.