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While new measures and commitments on fighting global warming are taken at the political level and while scientists and innovators are researching new technology to lower greenhouse gas emissions, individuals also have an important role to play. Coming from a small country like Malta, one might argue that even on a national level we can do very little to help with the global effort of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases. These believes are even more entrenched on an individual level whereby individuals feel that they can do nothing to contribute.  In reality though, each and every citizen on Earth has an equal responsibility in combating climate change, for their own sakes but also to provide future generations with a habitable planet.

By changing our habits a little and becoming more conscious of how much energy we use, each and every individual can successfully limit their own carbon footprint and - as an extra bonus - save a little money on energy bills. This makes even more sense now that the electricity surcharge has gone up by 95%. 

In attitude surveys gathered in Europe there seems to be a growing awareness among people of climate change and its causes. In one survey 85% of the respondents said they were either fairly or very convinced that the Earth’s climate and weather patterns were changing; whereas seven out of ten thought climate change is a result of human activities.

The problem is that some people don’t see the link between simple actions like switching on a light bulb and the environmental impact of this. And others do not believe that they can make a difference by taking individual action. Yet the truth is that significant changes can be done with little effort and investment.

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The renewable energy sources, derived principally from the enormous power of the sun’s radiation, are at once the most ancient and the most modern forms of energy used by humanity.

We've used the Sun for drying clothes and food for thousands of years, but only recently have we been able to use it for generating power. In fact, solar power both in the form of direct solar radiation and in indirect forms such as bio energy, water or wind power was the energy source upon which early human societies were based. When our ancestors first used fire, they were harnessing the power of photosynthesis, the solar-driven process by which plants are created from water and atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Photovoltaics (PVs) convert sunlight into electricity. They are made from silicon, the second most abundant element in the Earth's crust. The cells are fitted in panels to the exterior of buildings and are clean, safe and silent in operation. Although at the moment they are an expensive method of generating electricity for the grid, they compete very successfully with conventional systems for a wide range of applications in remote locations, and are being used more and more in the developing world. For example, solar cells provide power for refrigeration and water pumping in hot desert regions, and for telecommunication equipment on mountain tops.

The most important issue with solar panels is capital cost. Newer alternatives to the standard crystalline silicon modules are creating more efficient panels. Due to economies of scale, solar panels get less costly as people use and buy more. In fact, as manufacturers increase production to meet demand, the cost and price is expected to drop in the years to come.

windpumpThe renewable energy sources, derived principally from the enormous power of the sun’s radiation, are at once the most ancient and the most modern forms of energy used by humanity.

The earth’s wind systems are due to the movement of atmospheric air masses as a result of variations in atmospheric pressure, which in turn are the result of differences in the solar heating of different parts of the earth’s surface.

The use of wind turbines can be a great way to provide a source of clean and renewable energy for your home or business. There are a number of small wind energy devices that you can use to generate power, and most of these are very cost effective in providing a substantial level of electricity. Wind turbines use the wind's lift forces to rotate aerodynamic blades that turn a rotor which creates electricity.

As anyone who has ever been seasick knows, there's a lot of energy in ocean waves. Waves are generated by the wind as it blows across the ocean surface. They travel great distances without significant losses and so act as an efficient energy transport mechanism across thousands of kilometres. The energy can be captured by various devices, which produce enough movement either of air or water to drive generators that converts the energy into electricity.

The ocean surface is nearly always in motion, so wave energy can be produced at a more constant rate than wind or solar energy. It also can be located near where most people live, on the coastline.

Some believe that to make a substantial change one has to invest thousands of Euro, yet many underestimate the results brought about by more efficient use of resources.

Installing alternative energy generators such as Photovoltaic panels, at a substantial cost, before assessing the current efficiency (or lack of) patterns could easily be considered a waste of money and resources as the clean energy generated will only be used to compensate for the current inefficiencies.

In this section we will focus on specific ways on how to reduce the inefficiencies in a household. Cutting these inefficiencies could be the first step towards a reduction in emissions with substantial impacts on a national level.

Looking for ways to make an impact on your pockets, and the world?  Look no further than your own home.  Energy-efficient appliances can help you reduce utility bills while conserving natural resources.

There can be a significant difference in the energy consumption of appliances. Energy Guide labels are present on all major appliances to help select the most efficient models. These labels compare the model bearing the label with other similar models. However, this information does not indicate whether one has selected the most efficient appliance. The most efficient appliance will have certain features that should guide the purchaser to selecting the most efficient model with those features.

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