Switch to eco-friendly light bulbs.
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve taken action to aid the people affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We can continue to help in the short term by sending donations and making calls to our representatives, but we don’t have to stop there! We can also help in the long term by reducing our impact on global warming. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to replace your old light bulbs with eco-friendly light bulbs, when your current bulbs go out, of course.
Scientists predict that by the end of this century tropical storms will continue to increase in their destructive potential-even if the storms stay the same size. Storms feed off of the heat from the oceans and atmosphere which is causing them to increase in strength. This issue has become highly politicized during the past few weeks, but we know to trust the scientists on this one.
The first step is to see what kind of bulbs you’ve been buying. If you’re like most Americans, you probably use incandescent or CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) light bulbs. Switching to eco-friendly bulbs, like LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs is so worth it! The benefits of LED lights are:
They use 5 times less the amount of energy of incandescent bulbs.
They last longer. LED’s average lifespan is: 25,000 hours; Incandescent is: 1,200 hours; CFL is: 8,000 hours
They do not contain any mercury or toxic materials.
They save you money in the long run because you don’t need to replace them as often.
There are a lot of different LED products such as industrial and commercial lighting, kitchen lighting, and holiday lights. The savings on holiday lights alone might make you want to change!
Changes like this are simple, but make a huge impact. As we consume products that are more eco-friendly there will be more of a demand for these products. Big changes need to come from up top, but our daily lives can also make big differences to our planet. As we’ve recently witnessed, the areas that are most impoverished are less likely to bounce back. It is our duty, living in a first-world country, to create a better future for our planet.
Check out our previous posts on climate denial if you’re still unsure of the link between human action and global warming; or if you’d like to do more green actions in your daily life.
Majority of Americans now say climate change makes hurricanes more intense - The Washington Post