Global Warming and Climatic Changes – How You Can Help
Global Warming refers to the gradual increase of the atmosphere’s temperature, as well as that of the oceans, which has been detected and is projected to continue in the future.
Climatic change refers to the global climate changes which can vary not only the temperature, but also the amounts of rainfall, cloudiness, humidity, etc.
Nowadays, nobody doubts that global warming and climatic changes exist, but there is still some controversy as to the reason. While there are also natural causes, the majority of the scientific community assures that it is due to the increase in concentrations of gases, known as the Greenhouse Effect, caused by human activities such as deforestation, and burning fossil fuels, like coal and petroleum.
These conclusions have been confirmed by scientific researchers in most developed countries.
For Aguas Bravas, it is important to be proactive in limiting these effects on our country and on the planet. Here are a few actions you can take to be part of the solution, wherever you live.
1. Change your light bulbs
Replace your traditional bulbs for low consumption bulbs and save the ozone more than 45 kg of carbon dioxide per bulb per year. They are in fact more expensive up front, but turn out to be a great savings, since you will also see your electric bill go down.
2. Turn off and unplug your electronics
Just by unplugging your TV, DVD, microwave, blender, coffee pot, or computer when not in use you will save thousands of kg of CO2 from going into the atmosphere. An appliance which is off, but still plugged in consumes 40% of the electricity it does while in use. Do not leave your phone or tablet charger plugged in with nothing attached, it will still consume energy! Charge you phone on your computer while using it to save additional electricity.
3. Drive less
Walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation. You will save the planet 30 grams of CO2 for every 4.5 km (3 miles you DON’T drive). For every liter of gas your car’s motor consumes it leaves 2.5 kg of CO2 in the environment. It is also recommend to drive at prudent speeds. Traveling at 120 kph (75 mph) causes a 30% increase in fuel consumption over traveling at 80 kph (50 mph).
4. Check your tires
If your tire pressure is below the manufacturer´s recommended levels your car will consume 2.5% more gasoline, and therefore set off 2.5% more carbon dioxide.
You can save 730 kg of CO2/ yr. from being released into the environment just by recycling half of your home’s garbage.
6. Avoid extra packaging
Choose products with less packaging. One 1.5 liter bottle generates less waste than three 0.5 liter bottles, for example. When shopping, use reusable bags. Avoid wet wipes. You can avoid the emission of 1100 kg of CO2 per year just by producing 10% less garbage.
7. Do not put organic or food waste in the trash. A head of lettuce will take 7 years to decompose in a landfill and increase the toxic gases in the area, rather than just days if you place it in a hole for organic waste and create useful compost.
8. Use less hot water
A lot of energy is needed to heat water. Install a regulator in your shower and avoid more than 100 kg of CO2 from being released each year. Wash your laundry with cold water and reduce 150 kg of CO2 a year. Showers consume 4 times less electricity than baths. Be sure to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, and check that your faucets don’t leak. Just one leaking faucet will waste enough water to fill the bath tub each month.
9. Watch your appliances
Cover your pans while cooking to save lots of energy. Pressure and vapor cookers consume 70% less than regular pans. Run the washer and dishwasher only when they are full, or use economic settings when you have smaller loads. Remember that if your refrigerator is close to the stove or oven, it will consume a lot more energy. And let your foods cool before putting them in the refrigerator.
10. Adjust the thermostat
A 2° C change on your thermostat can save over 600 kg of CO2 per home per year. Drop the temp on your heater just 1° C and save 5-10% on your electric bill. Use air conditioning sparingly, it uses a lot of electricity which emits 650 g of CO2 and increases your electric bill.
11. Plant a tree
Each tree absorbs 1 ton of carbon dioxide in its life. Aguas Bravas organizes 3 annual reforesting projects to help reduce our impact on the environment. If you would like to be a part of one of these activities, please let our reception desk know to coordinate among the available dates.
Try a few of these tips and see how you not only contribute to saving the planet, but that you save on your energy bill as well!