Seas the Day in October – being energy e(FISH)ent

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Seas the Day in October – Save Energy, Save the Seas!

We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.” –  Jimmy Carter

Save energy to save our seas.  As winter approaches, now is the time to take some simple steps toward a more energy-efficient home. The generation of electric power produces more pollution than any other industry, resulting in acid rain, urban smog, and global climate change, all of which harm our ocean. In the United States, October is National Energy Action Month. What action will you take to save energy this month?

It’s as easy as flipping a switch. It’s so easy to forget, but yet so easy to do. Every time you walk out of a room turn off your lights, fans, computer monitor, anything that is using energy that you won’t use when outside the room. Same idea; if you plan on sitting in your car for more then a couple seconds, just turn your engine off. It’s actually hard to imagine how much energy people could save if everyone consistently turned things off when not in use.

Be a star with Energy Star. If you are in the market for new appliances or even just a light bulb, try getting the most energy-efficient products. Look for products with an Energy Star rating. Today, energy efficient appliances are doing the same job but with substantially less energy than their older counterparts. The choices we make like choosing a laptop over a desktop or saying no to the electric can opener will all contribute to the ambition of saving a lot of energy.

Make the push for clean, green energy sources. Renewable energies like solar and wind power are becoming more and more popular sources that can supply our communities with clean energy. By educating yourself on green energy generation, you can become more engaged in the community, state, and nation wide discussions on where we get our energy from in the future. Check with your local utility company for options to buy affordable, renewable green energy. If you think renewable energy systems could work well on your property, research what state and federal incentives exist for installation.

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Lauren Goldberg

Lauren Goldberg is an intern at The Ocean Project. She graduated from Ithaca College in May 2013, where she studied Environmental Studies and Business Administration. In addition to the ocean conservation work she does with The Ocean Project, Lauren also works to promote sustainable business practices, alternative transportation, and healthy, local food systems.

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