757 Saving Energy

Tim talks about three things he is doing to save energy and help the environment.

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Jeff: So, you are pretty in tune with global warming. You are pretty in tune with the environment - conscious, environmentally conscious. What do you do to do your part for help protecting the environment?

Tim: Yeah, well, I think I do quite a bit. I grew up in an area that's really environmentally conscious. Oregon is pretty environmentally conscious, so I recycle. It's pretty easy to recycle in Oregon. They just pick it right up at your house. You don't have to separate it. They separate it for you, so I recycle as much as I possibly can.

Jeff: But maybe those are traditional things. Do you do anything sort of more advanced or more modern than just recycling? Is there anything in your life that's more more modern?

Tim: Well, one thing: I recently bought a hybrid car.

Jeff: A hybrid car.

Tim: Yeah.

Jeff: What's a hybrid car?

Tim: So it is a car that basically gets better gas mileage cause what my car does is I have to put gas in it. I have to put gas in it but when I break it takes the energy created by the heat from the breaking and it charges the battery, and then the battery can help power the car, so it's half gasoline, half - just electric energy from the battery.

Jeff: Really. Electric and gas.

Tim: Yeah.

Jeff: Really interesting. So do you have to charge the car at night? Do you have to plug it in or anything like that?

Tim: No, my car just by breaking it charges the battery completely. Occasionally, I've heard of some people that if they leave their car for like a year or something they have to go back and they'll have to plug in the battery and it will charge up, but for the most part I don't have to do very much at all.

Jeff: So that is a fancy watch you're wearing as well. Is that environmentally friendly at all?

Tim: Oh, yeah. This watch actually doesn't take batteries. It's solar powered and so it just gets energy from the sun.

Jeff: Wow. So you pretty environmentally conscious dude.

Tim: I try.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

global warming

Do you find that you can see the effects of global warming, say with less snow.

'Global warming' is a scientific phenomenon which involves an increased average temperature of the earth.

Notice the following:

  1. We studied global warming in school.
  2. What do you think about global warming?

not quite as

It is not quite as noticeable as the glaciers that are on the mountains.

'Not quite as' is use to compare two things that are very similar in size or intensity. Here, Tim is saying that the smaller glaciers are more noticeable than a decrease in the amount of snow.

Notice the following:

  1. It is not quite as noisy, now that the neighbors have moved out.
  2. It is not quite as far as you might think.

there used to be

There used to be a lot more snow in the valley where I live.

'There used to be' means that in the past something was a certain way, but that is not longer so.

Notice the following:

  1. There used to be so many nice shops in the town, but most of them have closed down now.
  2. He said that there used to be a good cafe on the main street.

I can't remember the last time

I can't remember the last time we got snow in the valley.

'I can't remember the last time' means that you are unable to recall the most recent occurrence of something. We frequently use this phrase to show that the last time something happened was a really long time ago.

Notice the following:     1. She said that she could not remember the last time she went out dancing.    
2. I can't remember the last time I was on a diet.

it's been dumping rain

The weather patterns have switched a little bit and it seems like it's been dumping rain.

'It's been dumping rain' means that it has been raining very heavily.

Notice the following:

  1. Make sure that you take your umbrella, as it has been dumping rain all day.
  2. I don't want to drive home tonight. It's been dumping with rain all day, and the roads will be quite dangerous.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
warming • not quite • used to be
remember • dumping
  1. I can't the last time I saw you.
  2. It's hard to believe that it has been rain without stopping for the last three days.
  3. He's as smart as he thinks he is.
  4. This whole area a forest.
  5. Global will cause very big problems for animals.