With issues such as oil pipelines and global warming in the news, we thought we’d take a minute to talk about how LED lights can help you reduce your carbon footprint, helping you save money while benefiting our environment.
The Environment’s Issue with CO2
You may be wondering why the need to reduce our CO2 emissions? CO2, on a large scale, contributes to global warming, but poses a much more personal threat to ourselves and loved ones. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, carbon emissions, in the form of carbon dioxide, make up more than 80 percent of the greenhouse gases emitted in the United States. The release of these greenhouse gases traps solar energy in our atmosphere, causing a shift in weather patterns, water supplies and temperature. Greenhouse gases can remain in our atmosphere for 50 to 200 years, continuing to change our world’s climate the entire time. The EPA estimates that rising CO2 emissions will cause a water shrinkage, an increase in severe weather, changes in food supply and even changes to the physical makeup of the Earth.
LEDs and CO2: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Reducing your carbon footprint may feel like a tedious, even impossible task. We rely on oil and coal for much of our everyday needs. Powering our homes and offices, filling up our gas tanks, charging computers and phones. If the thought of reducing our carbon footprint is overwhelming, LEDs are a great and extremely productive way to start. LEDs will save you 50-70% on your lighting energy bill due to how little power it needs to operate in comparison to incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs. While you reap the benefits of LED savings, the environment receives less CO2 emission thanks to your purchase.
According to The Climate Group, lighting is responsible for 6% of global CO2 emissions. By making a complete switch to LED lighting world wide, we could keep 1,400 millions tons of CO2 out of the air and reduce the number of new power stations by 1,250!
Get Started with Sitler’s!
Make a step in the right direction to reduce your carbon footprint by installing LED lights from Sitler’s! Call us today at (319) 653 – 2123 or send us an email!
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