Finding different ways to protect our environment is what going green means. And everyone is trying to do their part. even firefighters. Going green is something you don’t have to do, but really a conscience choice that you personally make to take care of our environment; it really has nothing to do with politics, religion or if you believe in global warming.
Local and state governments spend over twelve million a year on energy which puts a lot of financial burden on taxpayers. Besides big corporations and individuals, your local firefighters are making big changes to better their community by finding ways to be more efficient with their resources, save money and also improve our environment.
Fire departments and the fire fighters are taking large steps in trying to incorporate green practices into each one of their stations and community. In each stations, they are converting to energy efficient appliances, boilers and light bulbs and as well as starting a recycling program within their own departments. These types of conversions can help the department in many ways. They can save up to 40% more in their energy cost. Energy efficient appliances like a dishwasher can save about 1,500 gallons of water a year.
Firefighters have gone as far as reusing rain water to test out their pumps on their trucks. When the consumption of water is reduced, steams, lakes and the oceans are protected.
As well as trying to save water, they are also adding solar panels in each station. These panels turns sunlight into usable energy. Doing this they are saving the earth’s resources. A solar generated water heater can cut the heating cost at a firehouse by half. Saving them up to 3000 dollars a year. In addition, a solar water heater can also cut the carbon dioxide emissions in side the fire house as well. An energy efficient solar water heater can greatly reduce carbon dioxide from going into our atmosphere by almost 4,000 pounds. This amount doesn’t sound like much, but to give you an example, 4000 pounds is equal to a person driving around in a car for 4 months.
Brave firefighters put the lives on the line every day to protect the ones that can’t protect themselves, and in addition, they still have time to help out the environment. Going green is a choice everyone makes on their own, and we applaud the men and women of the fire departments in caring, not for just themselves, but everyone else as well as the environment.