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March 24, 2018

3/6/2018 7:30:00 AM
What if?

To the Editor:

With 97 percent of climate scientists saying that the rate of global climate change is a serious problem, it leads to wondering just what we can do, as individuals. It turns out there are numerous ways that do not require a change in lifestyle. And, when even a portion of the American population takes part, the overall reduction in carbon output is amazing. Here's an example.

Replacing just one traditional incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent or LED bulb will eliminate, on average, 150 pounds of carbon per year. Changing the bulb from the light fixture that is most frequently on will divert even more carbon. Add 850 pounds of avoided carbon by installing a low-flow shower head (Results in having to heat less water), and your household will have eliminated a half ton of carbon.

If every other American households changed that light bulb and shower head, America's carbon footprint would be cut by more than 30 Million tons annually. Not bad, given no change in lifestyle was necessary. And, you'll see a drop in your energy bill.

Give it a go. For the kids.

Bruce Moore


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