Running a house, getting the kids to school and activities, and making dinner is enough to think about. However, in today’s world, Americans and other people around the world are collectively making steps towards a cleaner future for generations to come. There are many ways people are reducing carbon footprint in everyday scenarios.
Whether it be reducing the amount of plastic used or eliminating plastic bags and straws, there are many positive ways people are making little changes that create incredible hope for the future of our planet. Doing your own small part can amount to a large impact if we all join together.
On a much smaller scale, electricians are helping others improve their home’s energy efficiency and going green. Speak with experienced electrons at Sanford Electric Company to discuss the ways you can reduce your home’s carbon footprint, and be sure to speak with us especially during the building phases or during remodel.
Airlines reducing carbon footprint and saving money:
Last week, we discussed the ways airlines are working towards reducing their carbon footprint. Because many of us in the United States try to aim high and get exciting jobs we are passionate about, we often have to move to specific areas that offer more professional opportunities pertaining to our careers.
Because of this, many Americans have to travel far distances to see family and friends. Not just Americans too. Many families are countries apart as new job opportunities offer travel to other countries. Who wouldn’t want to get paid to travel to new countries?
As we mentioned in our last article, air travel continues to increase. There are quite a few heavy issues when it comes to the increase in air travel. First off, airlines make money off of having more passengers of course.
In turn, they obviously do not want to discourage air travel. The struggle is cleaner technology is still in its infancy the aviation industry. However, the largest expense for airlines is the fuel, so they do have incentive to work towards a cleaner future thus reducing emissions.
Future of air travel fuel:
As of today, there is no commonly used alternative that can match jet fuel’s energy density, or its power. Right now, there is no battery than can make an airliner travel across the Atlantic. Currently, experts foresee in a few decades there will be electric aircraft and hydrogen-powered engines.
Some airlines are experimenting with biofuels that may be carbon-neutral. What largely discourages these airlines is the price. If oil prices rise while production costs come down, biofuels may become a viable route to decarbonize air travel.
The US Department of Energy are doing their part in researching biofuel. Boeing and Airbus manufacturers are studying different wing designs to save fuel. They are also studying hybrid systems like electric motors.
For most Americans, we studied greenhouse gases and emissions in school. Since then, our understanding has become either better as we work towards a healthier earth, or many have forgotten the basics. Let’s do a quick review before moving forward.
Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are called greenhouse gases. The name comes to no surprise to people that have ever been in a greenhouse before. Greenhouses feel like a hot, glass miniature house.
There are four types of gases we will discuss: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases. Carbon dioxide enters earth’s atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, solid waste, trees, and other biological materials. Coal, natural gas, and oil are all fossil fuels.
Carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere as plants naturally absorb it during the biological carbon cycle. Next time, we are going to share more interesting world electric news and ways Floridians can reduce their carbon footprint in their everyday lives. We hope you stop by again for more!