With the amount of news coverage and discussion that global warming and numerous other dangers to the environment receive, it is difficult to ignore the problem. While you may think that going green requires switching to a renewable energy source for your home, there are many things that you can do on a much smaller scale to conserve energy. The following green energy tips to go green do not require a lot of money; in fact, you’ll soon see significant savings on your utility bill once you put several of these tips into practice.
- Clean your Vacuum the dust away, and then use a damp cloth to wipe your refrigerator coils to save energy.
- Buy rechargeable batteries rather than disposable ones to avoid adding toxins to landfills.
- Recycle each week, and use reusable canvas bags for your trips to the grocery store.
- Take your old newspapers to animal shelters; they use them for lining cages.
- Online subscriptions. Rather than subscribing to print copies of newspapers and magazines, sign up for online subscriptions.
- When you buy coffee at a coffee shop or convenience store, bring your own travel cup rather than getting a Styrofoam or paper cup.
- Plant a few trees to reduce carbon dioxide and provide oxygen for the atmosphere.
- Plants. Bring home a few indoor plants to clean up your household’s air.
- Fix leaks. Toilets that run and faucets that drip waste hundreds of gallons of water each week; fix your leaks to conserve water.
- Turn off appliances. Turn off your TV and your computer before you go to bed to save energy. Keep them on a power strip so you can simply switch everything off rather than unplugging from the wall.
- Form a carpool. Carpooling saves fossil fuel consumption and reduces emissions that pollute the air.
- Recycle your books by sharing them with friends; better yet, get an e-reader and avoid buying print books and magazines altogether.
- Most likely the majority of your bills can be paid online; opt for electronic billing to reduce paper waste.
- Cut back on the amount of chemicals in waste water by using natural products such as vinegar for cleaning.
- Choose one day a week to run your errands to cut back on gas consumption.
- Reusable lunch bags. Rather than using plastic bags and paper lunch bags, use reusable containers and a reusable, insulated bag to carry your lunch.
- Use homemade compost for your gardening needs rather than using chemical-laden products.
- Start a group of you and friends or neighbors to pick up litter in your neighborhood or your town.
- Heating. Before the weather gets cold enough to turn on your heat, add an extra layer of clothes on unusually chilly days to avoid heating costs.
- Install a ceiling fan in living areas to reduce the need for air conditioning.
- Get regular tune-ups and maintain your tire pressure to keep your car running at optimal levels to avoid consuming excess gas or oil.
- Yard cleanup. If your health will allow for it, skip the electric or gas-operated leaf and snow blowers, and use a rake and shovel to maintain your yard and walk in the fall and winter.
- The fuller your freezer is, the more insulation you provide. Keeping it stocked reduces the amount of energy needed to keep the freezer cold.
Going Green Is Economical
Going green is not only economical, but it is great for the environment. Any little thing that you can do to reduce the amount of trash in landfills, fuel consumption and the amount of toxins released into the atmosphere and the water. Green changes can fit into any budget and save money long-term as well.