Thanks to the Clean Air Act, the nation has seen a dramatic improvement in its air quality in the past 50 years. The sad truth is, too many Americans still breathe unhealthy air, and the climate crisis threatens to reverse the progress made.
1. What Is The ‘clean Energy Transition’?
The clean energy transition is a shift in energy production away from sources that emit a lot of greenhouse gasses, like fossil fuels, towards those that emit little or no greenhouse gases. These clean sources include hydro, nuclear, wind, and solar.
The Paris Agreement was an international agreement between more than 180 countries that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It outlines the direction for the global transition towards clean energy. The main purpose of the agreement is to limit global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. This is done by encouraging low-carbon energy sources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the International Energy Agency, (IEA), around two-thirds of the world’s electricity comes from fossil fuels. To reach these climate goals, at least 80% must be shifted to low-carbon sources.
2. Understanding Types Of Clean Energy
Solar and wind energy are two of the most reliable and common sources of renewable energy. How do they work?
Wind energy can be created using wind turbines. These turbines are used to create high-speed wind energy from anywhere there is wind — from hilltops to open waters for offshore wind. Wind turbines produce less pollution than other energy sources and require no cooling water. Over the last 30 years, wind energy usage has increased dramatically in the United States. Wind energy is responsible for more of the U.S.’s energy generation and technological advances have significantly reduced costs.
Solar energy uses solar cells (or photovoltaic cells) that are made of silicon or other materials. These cells convert sunlight into electricity. Although solar energy systems do not produce any air pollutants or greenhouse gases, some emissions might be produced during manufacturing. The harnessing of solar energy has seen dramatic improvements, including lower AGL costs and increased efficiency. Nearly two percent of U.S. electricity production is supplied by solar energy. 40 percent of the new electricity generating capacities that were added in the U.S. in early 2021 were generated by solar.
3. Simple Green Living Tips
We have gathered essential eco-friendly living tips to assist you, your friends, and your family in being more aware of the world around them. We have listed our suggestions in order of relative difficulty — from easiest to most difficult — so that you can make the transition to an environmentally-friendly lifestyle as smooth as possible.
Also, only make one or two changes per day. You can easily become overwhelmed by new habits if you try to do too much.
Invest In Renewable Energy For Electricity
Investing in renewable energy sources can help households in Georgia be more environmentally friendly. Many households have a grid that uses energy from non-sustainable sources like oil and gas. If you are interested in transitioning to renewable energy you can contact your local AGL utility providers to see what types of renewable plan options they offer.
Solar panels are an example of renewable energy technology that makes use of the sun. This photovoltaic device harnesses sunlight’s energy to produce electricity. This process is more eco-friendly than energy derived from burning fossil fuels.
Utilize Your Appliances Thoughtfully And Use Less Water
◎ Only run your washer, dryer, and dishwasher after the sun goes down
◎ Run your washer on cold water
◎ Open the dishwasher door to dry your dishes
◎ Hang dry clothes when possible
◎ Skip preheating your oven
◎ Use the microwave instead of the stove or oven when possible
◎ Set your water heater to 120 °F
◎ Installing low-flow shower heads, toilets, and faucets
◎ Taking showers instead of baths
◎ Taking shorter showers
◎ Turning off the faucet when washing dishes or brushing teeth
Use Energy Star Appliances And Led Bulbs
This energy-efficient technology consumes less electricity and makes it work more efficiently. Energy Star devices will help you save money and the environment. You should not replace appliances unless absolutely necessary. Also, look for any opportunity to recycle appliances to ensure they don’t end up in a landfill.
Use Efficient ProgrammableThermostat Settings
This tip will help you reduce your electricity consumption in Georgia, which in turn helps the greater electricity grid, by slowing down our collective consumption. These are our suggested settings:
◎ Summer: 75 °F if someone is home
◎ Summer: 80 °F if no one is home
◎ Winter: 68 °F during the day if someone is home
◎ Winter: 65 °F at night or during the day if no one is home
Living in an eco-friendly way means that you live in a manner that is harmless to the environment. It is essential to protect the planet from any man-made destruction. To lessen the harmful effects that our everyday lives can have on the environment, there are many sustainable ways an individual can make.