Light Pollution: How to Save Money on Utilities

August 19, 2010
Green LivingHow To

Just imagine what an image of the earth would have looked like to an observer in space a hundred years ago, it would have been very dark. Light pollution is also called photo-pollution or luminous pollution and it is causing serious problem in the world today. Aside from light pollution, there are also airborne pollutants and dust in the atmosphere, which translates to polluting the skies and contaminating the air we breathe.

There are a number of environmental impacts, which can be due to light pollution, and it is a problem that should be taken very seriously. The issue is affecting the entire planet and leads to further global warming, which is why we as consumers must do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. To make light requires electricity, which is generated by the burning of fossil fuels, thus increasing levels of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. Global warming is a very real threat to our world and we need to do what we can to ensure we do not contribute further to the problem.

Some of the environmental impact of light pollution directly affects the animals of our planet. Nocturnal birds use the moon and stars as navigational tools and if flying through brightly illuminated areas, they can become disoriented and injured. Certain reptiles and mammals are suffering from bright light and will not be able to eat and mate properly, thus putting the species in danger. Female sea turtles deliberately shy away from bright lights and it interferes with nesting behaviors and the newly hatched turtles are drawn to the light instead of the sea, which can have a detrimental effect on the habitat and survival.

Precious resources are wasted through excessive use of lighting and our planet will only continue to suffer until we, the people, do something to stop it. There are many things a person can do to stop over illumination and prevent precious energy resources from being squandered. Things to preserve energy can include; not over-lighting a home, not wasting light, use lights only when needed, shine lights downward and use shields and reflectors to disburse the rays, light with energy efficient bulbs and install solar lightening whenever and wherever possible.

We live in a society that has recently began jumping on the “going green” trend and through incorporating just a few small changes we too, can make a huge difference in the world around us. It is important for each of us to do our part to leave this planet in a bit better shape than it is right now and by observing a few simple “green” tricks into daily life, it is not as hard as some might think.