Can switching to clean energy save the planet and your wallet? What small changes can you make right this moment to save energy and money? How can you turn anxiety about the state of the world into action to make a positive impact?
In this podcast episode, Melissa Vogel speaks to Ron Kamen about keeping our earth healthy too, and shares some action steps you can take today!
Meet Ron Kamen
Ron Kamen is the CEO of EarthKind Energy Consulting and the host of the
AWESome EarthKind podcast. Ron’s life mission is to empower everyday people to make clean energy transitions to reduce their carbon footprint– and save them money.
For more than three decades, Ron has energized communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses to take their next step and increase energy efficiency, use renewable energy, and lower electricity, heating & transportation costs. He’s now building an online community of AWESome EarthKind people ready to “Go Clean and $ave Green.”
Ron lives in New York and has a beautiful blended family of seven children and 5 grandchildren. He knows how important making clean energy transitions is for future generations, and he is passionate about educating parents, grandparents, business owners, and young people about steps everyone can take for a healthier planet while saving money!
In This Podcast
- What can I do?
- The relationship between clean energy and health
- 3 things you can do today
What can I do?
We all have the capacity to help the world by saving energy. By doing simple things such as installing solar energy panels to heat water, or installing LED lightbulbs into our light fittings, if we all made these small changes the positive impact would be exponential.
There’s a bunch of simple easy things that we can all do that make a real difference but ultimately what we really need to get to is to decarbonize and to get clean energy for our electricity, for our heating and for our transportation. (Ron Kamen)
We should take responsibility for what we can do and what changes we can make in our lives, in our houses, and in our offices. It is possible to get into a carbon-negative lifestyle, and although some changes are tough and can intimidate people in the beginning, by taking small steps you can create any substantial change in any sector of your life.
The relationship between clean energy and health
When energy is not properly utilized, or potentially harmful methods of creating energy are used such as coal or oil, it can have an impact on the health of people that surround them.
People are more susceptible to COVID when they have respiratory illnesses and when they live in places with high concentration of air pollution because it’s all connected. (Ron Kamen)
Coal and oil energy when burned releases pollutants into the air and when we constantly inhale them it can cause damage to our lungs, causing sickness. Solar and wind energy on the other hand have no health risks.
One can also consider cleaning supplies and their environmental impact, as well as their long-term chemical effects. Purchasing organic, local cleaning supplies are better for the environment because they have less or no harmful chemicals, they dissolve in water and do not leave any chemical traces and, when purchased locally, help to support small businesses.
3 things you can do today
- Change, or clean, the filters on your air conditioning units
- Switch your lightbulbs for LED lightbulbs to save electricity usage and cost
- Check out your hot water heating settings and turn them down to 130, 120, or whichever lower temperature you are comfortable with. Consider installing a smart thermostat.
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Meet Melissa Vogel
Melissa Vogel is an energetic keynote speaker, business owner, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a mother of three, and a podcaster.
Melissa has been voted as the Best Personal Trainer for 2020 by Inland Empire Magazine, and Built the Busy to Bomb Fit Mom exercise system.
She is quickly becoming recognized for her expertise and influence in her field!
Melissa has contributed to numerous publications and has been featured in the Trail Blazer Magazine, and published in the April 2020 edition of Health Magazine. Her approach incorporates personal experience, energy, humor, and charisma.
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