How Excessive Electricity Usage Affects the Environment

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Electricity is what keeps the world going. Without it, advances and innovations are literally useless. But in this predominantly technology-centered era, are we using electricity, just enough? Or are we already crossing the line?

The cultivation of electricity offers huge conveniences, from home to work, everything is running with ease. But human as we go, we tend to abuse it just like what we usually do with everything. But with all the horrible phenomena happening now, things are falling out of hand and risks to people’s lives and well-being are getting more threatening than ever.

Negative Impacts

Electricity production in way of coal or solar energy and other different sources is no stranger to us. Though what we miss to know is how intense they affect the environment but the good thing is, not all processes affect the environment the same way. For instance, coal is more environmentally problematic than a solar power which has minimal effects. Other electricity sources are natural gas, hydroelectric power plants, nuclear, oil, wind and etc.

Carbon Emission and other Greenhouse Gasses

Generating electricity also means releasing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses that absorb and emit radiation into the earth’s atmosphere. While a small amount of carbon dioxide naturally exists that is vital for the planet’s development and rebuilding, the process of generating electricity has increased the greenhouse gasses emitted in the atmosphere. This, in return, will deplete the ozone layer and heat up the earth like peak noon, cause climate change, and destroy local ecosystems.


All forms of electricity produce waste energy like carbon dioxide and other harmful gasses such as nitrogen gas and methane. Earth’s atmosphere traps these gasses that will then cause abnormal weather patterns, air pollution, and smog. Natural gas, for example, releases carbon and nitrogen oxide as waste in the process. Weather patterns and geological variations contribute to the prevalence of these gasses. In effect, pockets of smog that contain sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, are trapped down in hills with little air which are later on released in the atmosphere and will backfire as acid rain.

Waste Disposal Problems

Nuclear Energy produces dangerous solid wastes which can be closely tied to this environmental problem. These wastes are radioactive and will remain radioactive in thousands of years which may cause diseases like cancer and other genetic abnormalities and mutations in humans and animals. Radioactive wastes may also potentially kill wildlife as these substances can alter soil’s chemical composition.

Injuries to Wildlife

Both the production and delivery of electricity can cause severe damage to wildlife. Birds, for instance, can fly into power lines and be electrocuted, wild animals in forests or farms may be killed due to radioactive wastes released to their habitat. It has been reported that in 2009, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster resulted to lower animal population and even 20 years after the disaster.

Abuse of anything is tied to destruction. May it be to yourself, to your fellow or to the environment. Abuse of electricity is often ignored and given no attention, but with the horrible things happening now, maybe we can already look back and assess what is needed to change. Look after your use of electricity and maybe you can be one step ahead of change.

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