In this part of the country most of the electricity we use is generated by burning coal. That is a good thing because we have a lot of coal in the USA.
Electricity is expensive because coal does cost money. Carbon compounds and things that are not good to breathe go into the air from burning coal.
Reducing the amount of coal that gets burned to keep factories operating is the right thing to do and good business.
A single 400-watt light hanging from the factory ceiling uses the electricity from a pound of coal every two hours.
When you leave a 100-watt bulb on at home for eight hours, a pound of coal gets burned.
A single air circulating fan also uses the electricity from a pound of coal every two hours.
How much coal is that? A lump of coal just a little bigger than a major league baseball is about one pound.
Turning off a pair of 100-watt light bulbs for eight hours would prevent the smoke going into the air from a chunk of coal the size of a football.
That may sound small but when you count the number of fans and lights that are on in your neighborhood when no one is around we could avoid burning a truckload of coal each day.
You save your money when you shut off lights and other electric appliances.
Save a lump of coal today.
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