Conserve Energy And Recycle At The Same Time
Recycling can conserve energy but it also uses energy. One person alone can create more than four-and-a-half pounds of trash a day–this equals seventeen-thousand pounds yearly. When waste is handled properly, money and energy are saved. Doing this also protects our environment and its natural resources.
The Step-by-Step Process of How Energy is made:
For starters, fuel is burned in order to make water that then turns into steam. The steam provides power to the turbines, which then makes electricity. All the electricity is then transmitted and distributed through an energy grid. Saving energy is very important because it helps future generations, the overall cost of life, carbon emissions, and even pollution.
Recycling Saves Energy: Recycling saves energy because it reduces the need to extract and refine our natural resources. Additionally, it takes a lot less energy to recycle materials than it does to make items from scratch. For example, recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours. Also, recycled aluminum only uses 5% of the energy that it normally takes to create new aluminum. And, recycled glass uses half the energy that new glass does, creating 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than new glass. Plus, recycling one glass container is equivalent to having enough energy to power a one-hundred watt light bulb for at least four hours.
Recycled paper reduces the amount of energy used by 60% as well as 80% less use of water. Recycled paper creates 95% less air pollution, and one ton of recycled paper saves17 trees, seven-thousand gallons of water, two barrels of oil and hours of energy for a 4100-kilowatt light bulb. This is equivalent to the amount of power the average American family uses in six months.
Incredibly, each year there is enough paper thrown away to create a twelve-foot wall from New York to California. And, with recycled plastics, just one bottle can provide enough energy for a 60-watt light bulb to run a total of six hours long. Recycled plastic bottles are used to make other items such as carpeting, clothing, lumber for decking outdoors, detergent bottles and more. Overall, the production of plastic is a total of 4% of the consumption of energy within the United States.
Now you can clearly see how recycling and energy go hand in hand.