Environment Affects Our Children

Could our environment be hurting our children? Children are more vulnerable to our environment because they are still growing. Forty years ago, lots of kids rode their bikes to school. These days, children are driven to school in a vehicle that increases pollution in the air. Children need to be our focus. Their bodies are…

Could our environment be hurting our children? Children are more vulnerable to our environment because they are still growing. Forty years ago, lots of kids rode their bikes to school. These days, children are driven to school in a vehicle that increases pollution in the air. Children need to be our focus. Their bodies are still developing. Adults and children interact with the environment in a different way.

What impacts our kids health can be found where they spend the most time which is:

• at school

• the playground

• at home

Children can spend as much as 10 hours a day inside a school building. Is the air in your child's school safe? Poor air quality could trigger breathing problems.

Everyone knows that exhaust fumes from vehicles pollute the air we breathe. When your children play outside, you could be monitoring the air they breathe.

More and more kids stay inside to play video games. Is the air in your home safe for your children? If your children play inside at home, there are some options you can do to help keep the air clean. One is not to smoke – especially in your home. Keep the air in your home as clean as can be. That means getting rid of dust allergens, mold and pet dander. There are several central air filters that are available to eliminate or reduce allergens.

Going solar reduces the emissions which in turn changes our environment. Any change is an improvement, and is a good thing. Making the air cleaner is easier for our children (and us) to breathe.

Electricity is usually created using diesel (which is the cheapest) or coal. We need to reduce the amount of coal we use to produce electricity and use other means. You can use solar or natural gas to generate power. Solar is getting cheaper and more efficient. You can generate more power in less space.

Many people are under the notification that it would take an acre of ground to generate a lot of power. Many roofs average 20 'x 40' or 800 square foot. In 800 square foot, you can get up to 10,000 watts of power. In that situation, the power company has to generate little or no power to you. With a grid tie system, you do not want to generate more than what you need. You need to generate exactly what you need. You only get a credit back from the power company, not cash or a refund. People are under the impression that you get monies back, and that's not true. You only get credit. And if you do not use the credits after a time, you can lose them, depending upon where you live. If you do not use them, you lose them!

For our environment and the sake of future generations, alternative energy needs to be utilized to the fullest. Go solar! How are you helping the environment?