‘Less Electricity=Less Coal Burning=Less Greenhouse Gas=More Polar Bear Habitat’
by Willow Krois, Positive Energy Committee Member
Apr 24, 2013 | 2120 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Watercolor painting by Willow Krois. (Courtesy image)
A Watercolor painting by Willow Krois. (Courtesy image)


The polar bears (and other arctic animals) need your help because their habitat is melting due to the effects of global warming. One way you can save the polar bears is to switch from using incandescent light bulbs to LED (light-emitting diode) light-bulbs. You might be wondering how light bulbs would be related to polar bears. Coal power plants emit greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gasses melt polar ice.  LED light bulbs use less electricity than incandescent light bulbs which not only lowers air pollution but also lowers your electric bill. Less Electricity=Less Coal Burning=Less Greenhouse Gas=More Polar Bear Habitat.

One way to make electricity is to burn coal. When you burn coal, the smoke of the coal is carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. A greenhouse gas traps heat inside our atmosphere, causing our planet to warm up.  This increase in atmospheric temperature is called global warming. Global warming is causing the polar ice to melt.

Now you might be thinking that LEDs are too expensive to switch to. The truth is they might be expensive to buy but over time they are cheaper especially on your energy bill. LEDs cost around $25-$50 and incandescent bulbs cost around $1, but incandescent bulbs use 6 times more electricity than LEDs. According to www.eartheasy.com for 50 kilowatt hours you would use 1 LED light bulb or 42 incandescent light bulbs. On your energy bill, using LEDs for 50 kilowatt hours would cost you $85.75 and using incandescent bulbs it would cost you $352.50. This is a huge difference.

Please help make a difference in the world by switching to LED light bulbs from incandescent light bulbs. You will not only save the polar bears, but you will also save your planet and your money. If you want to help even more please go to www.positiveenergyproject.org and www.polarbearsinternational.org. On the first website, you can donate to an energy demonstration experiment at the Ridgway Elementary School.  I am on the positive energy committee who created this project. It is a demonstration of how using energy efficient lights (LEDs) and solar powered lights could reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. On the second website, you can learn more about helping polar bears. The students at the Ridgway school and the polar bears (if they could) would thank you for saving their habitat and their lives.


– Willow Krois, Positive Energy Committee Member  

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