Just about every day we are reminded by the media of the issue of pollution – which we have caused – and the direct result thereof, global warming. Many of you may feel obligated to do something but you may not know what to do or where to begin. Thankfully, there are many relatively quick ways to help out, without having to be a hero. Below are some ways in which you can do your bit.
1. Never use a desktop PC when a laptop is available Whatever they do these days, almost all people probably use a computer a great deal. If you can use a laptop instead of a regular desktop computer then do so, as laptops are up to 50% more energy efficient compared to regular desktop PCs. In addition, never mind being more inexpensive, laptops are light and compact and can be taken along to nearly all places you go to.
2. Try not to drive, try walking instead It’s an awful fact, but driving a car equals pollution. The burning of gas makes a vehicle run, but a byproduct is carbon dioxide and other deadly fumes given off into the atmosphere. Think of the huge number of automobiles in use around the world every day, and you’ll begin to understand the extent of the problem. By deciding to walk instead of drive, we can decrease the extent of damaging emissions. Of course, you can’t walk all the time but you should try to when there is opportunity to do so. Next time you need to go to the corner shop, try walking. Walking can clear up your head, wonderful for your health as well as that of the environment, and save you some money to boot.
3. Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth A huge amount of water goes to waste daily, just because we’re so used to to having running water. Don’t waste water the next time you brush your teeth, don’t leave the water running. It’s a considerable amount of water that is coming out of the tap in the two minutes of brushing your teeth. Prepare for brushing and economize water by putting just enough for rinsing in a glass ahead of time.
4. Take a quick shower instead of bathing Taking a shower uses less power and water than taking a bath, so opt to shower. Just keep in mind not to luxuriate in the shower; stay for too long and you’re back to wasting water. Make certain you shower quickly or else you won’t be saving water!
5. Make sure to turn the lights off Try not to leave a light turned on in an empty room. What’s the point of lighting a room when there’s nobody in it? Doing this is not only good to the environment, but also to your bank account. And switch the lights off when it’s sunny outside; you should have adequate natural light indoors.
6. For the more aggressive ones Make your own energy. There are numerous ways to do this but among the more popular ways are to install your own solar power panels using a program like Earth4Energy, or to install a wind turbine using a program like Power4Home (of course that assumes your in a location where you have a fairly consistent flow of wind.
These helpful tips for living green are simple and inexpensive. Actually, they’ll most likely save you money. So answer the call – get started living green.