Learning how to go green doesn’t have to be nearly as complicated as many people initially think. There are a few changes you can make quickly that will have a powerful impact. Consider the following ways you can make a difference.
- Cut Your Water Usage. Water is one of the most vital substances on our planet; we simply cannot survive without it. Conserve this valuable resource at all times. This can be done easily by checking all of your faucets around your home for leaks and implementing some water saving habits. Baths use much more water than showers so cut down on your pleasure soaks. Turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth. Low-flow showerheads and toilet flushers can also save you water.
- Recycle What You Can. Most of the items in landfills could have been recycled or reused. Recycle cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, tin cans and all paper products to minimize the amount of usable garbage dumped unto these landfills every year, and increase the number of products made with recyclable materials. Most trash companies will provide a recycling bin for free.
- Reduce Energy Consumption. Pollutants and greenhouse gasses are produced largely from the overuse of fossil fuels. Unfortunately this is the substance we have chosen to power our society so keep in mind that reducing such inefficient fuel consumption will keep our atmosphere cleaner. You can reduce your consumption of these fuels by turning off lights when you leave a room, installing a switch on your water heater, and installing more efficient heating and cooling methods in your home. You may also want to consider compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs to maximize efficiency.
- Drive Your Car Less. The carbon monoxide released by vehicles is one of the biggest hazards to the environment. Taking public transportation, walking the shorter distances, or carpooling to work will reduce these emissions and your gas use considerably.
- Use More Energy-Efficient Appliances. Energy-star rated appliances can markedly reduce your total energy consumption. Refrigerators, dishwashers and laundry machines are a huge drain on the fossil fuel reserves. Not only will this help save the environment; it will save you a ton on your energy bill as well.
- Plastic bags that are used at the supermarkets give off dangerous toxic chemicals as they decompose, if they do at all, and those that do can take tens of years to do so. Be more conscientious and bring your own bags on your next supermarket trip.
- Go Paperless. Trees are Mother Nature’s number one way of reducing dangerous greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide. They make clean oxygen out of the carbon dioxide produced from our daily lives, essentially cleaning the very air we breathe. Switching to a paperless lifestyle, you can help to reduce the number of trees used to make such products and keep our air healthy and clean. Pay your bills over the internet, and tell your supermarket clerk you don’t need that receipt!
- Planting Trees. In most states it is a regulation to keep the tree population continuously growing by planting two trees to everyone removed, but some unscrupulous companies do not follow this mandate. Plant your own trees to offset this and make the earth a cleaner place to be!
- Use Rechargeables. The batteries we use in our remotes, flashlights, handheld games, and other household devices are full of horribly toxic substances that leave heavy metals and trace poisons in our soil and in the water table. Switching to rechargeable equipment will save your pocket and the environment. But remember to unplug them when they are fully charged, or you will be wasting energy just the same (and sometimes destroying your valuable equipment).
The Bottom Line
Following some of the above simple steps can get you green in no time, thus helping the environment. When you see the savings on your energy costs, you will be motivated continue making changes to be greener than ever.