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Carbon footprint air conditioning at work

We might have saved energy at home, but have neglected the place where we worked altogether. This is an important we should not miss when we are really serious in helping nature and ourselves as well. Energy produced in uncontrolled proportions may lead to carbon footprint generation out of proportion to what we could solve in the future. Thus, the vigilance required on guarding one’s energy consumption and carbon emission in the workplace should not be taken lightly. Perhaps, what remains a challenge for some is that most companies seem to care less about reducing carbon footprints than consuming energy. One example here is on the use of air conditioning units. Air conditioning units represent but a fraction of this entire carbon emissions issue.

Air conditioning units are said to produce emissions that are harmful to the environment. When it is released in the air, it becomes an agent of change in climate by trapping heat inside the planet, thus, making a name for itself: greenhouse gases. As these gases accumulate in the atmosphere they heat up the environment where it affects polar ice caps, oceans and other bodies of water to change with the tide of the climate. It may seem so trivial that such a little comfort appliance such as an air conditioning can cause all this damage. Nonetheless, this holds true, as many scientific reports have already verified this fact.

Thus, one way of reducing carbon footprints is by turning off appliances that are no longer used. As already mentioned, air conditioning units are but a mole in this large groups of energy-consuming technology. There is also the refrigerator, which is another avid producer of carbon dioxide. It may cool the water we drink and preserve for some other time, the food that we eat, but when it is not turned off even once in awhile, it surely has its own negative impact on the environment and us. The best thing to do, in this case, is to assess just how much energy your company spends and measuring them by setting up energy monitors.

When you have carefully monitored the energy consumption of your workplace, it’s time now to do some work. Most of the time, when we use chargers for anything that we have that need charging, be it a cellphone or a camera, we fail to unplug them. Well, it’s better to always remember to unplug it before leaving. Switching off lights and appliances when used are also some other ways suggested to reduce energy consumption and thus, bring carbon emissions down to levels were they can be controlled. There are many more things to do aside from the ones mentioned, but it’s always up to how much an individual work for this change to become really visible that matters this time.

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October 22, 2008 - Posted by | Blogroll, Carbon Footprint

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