As I “copy and paste” five years worth of old posts into new journal format, I came across this post, almost two years ago today, which I would like to share. It’s always a good reminder of how we can conserve and make a dramatic difference if we all take little steps. A better world is possible and it’s within our power to make a difference.
A GREEN WORLD BY THE NUMBERS (posted Feb 24, 2004)
JR pointed these facts to me from a magazine so I thought I’d pass them along.
If ever American unplugged their television when they turned them off, they’d save 8.45 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That’s twice the amount produced by the Hoover Dam
If SUV’s complied with the same fuel-economy standards as ordinary cars, the US would save one million barrels of oil and day, more than the Artic National WildlifeRefuge could produce at peak volume
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for 3.5 hours
On average , a homeowner with an automatic sprinkler system over water’s his lawn by 112,000 gallons a year
Sixty-five million trees are cut down to make the 500 piece of junk mail sent each year to every person in this country
A family of four can save up to 20,000 gallons of water a year – the amount needed to fill an average-sized swimming pool-by using a low-flow showerhead
If all cordless phones and answering machines sold in the US in the next year were Energy Star certified, consumers would save $ 4.4 billion in electricity
Replacing a single incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulbs saves more than $50 in energy cost and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by nearly half a ton
Recycling two gallons of used motor oil provides enough electricity to cook 48 meals in a microwave oven
Forty percent of the country’s lakes and rivers are unsuitable for fishing or swimming
The DOE has introduce an initiative to encourage the installation of solar energy systems on one million roofs by 2010. If successful, it will reduce carbon emissions every year by an amount equal to that produced by 850,000 cars.
Compared with the average car, an SUV getting 13 miles a gallon wastes as much energy each year as leaving a bathroom light on for 30 years
Under inflated car tires reduce the fuel efficiency, wasting up to two billion gallons of gasoline a year
Scientist predict that if global warming continues as its present rate, by 2030 there will be no more glaciers in Montana’s Glacier Nation Park
Readers, do you have any eco-facts? – please post them in the comment box below!