Electricity and the Environment
Over the past few years there has been a lot of controversy where energy sources are concerned, much has been said about the effect of these on
our environment but as electricity plays an increasingly important role in our lives what can we do to change this? Well this is a question that has been
asked time and time again, this is because the use of the energy source electricity can have a negative effective on the environment thanks to the fact
much of the electricity that we use has been generated through burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.
By burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas we are adding to the greenhouse gas that is in the atmosphere, which is then contributing to
the problem of global warming, this is thanks to aspects such as carbon dioxide and other emissions. Steps have already been taken to start to
combat this problem; this is thanks to the small amount of electricity that is now being generated by hydro schemes such as rivers, dams, ocean
waves and tides. On top of this some of our electricity is now generated through the use of wind power and solar power. These sources of electrical
energy are great for the environment as they produce almost no carbon dioxide or harmful emissions. However these sources of energy aren't
available to all of us so what else can we be doing to minimize our power usage?
Electrical appliances make up a lot of aspects of our daily lives because of this we are continually using a lot of electricity; however there are a number
of things that we can be doing to decrease the amount of electricity that we are actually using, take for example our computers, I guarantee that for
convenience a lot of us are leaving our machines turned on or leaving them on standby. This may save you time when it comes to turning your
computer back on but it certainly isn't doing you any favors where your electricity bill is concerned or where the environment is concerned. You are
wasting so much energy when you leave applia