Some good ways to go Green
8 Easy Little Ways to Go Green
If you are not ready yet to start making green changes in your life but still want to help the environment, there are several ways to help you into a greener lifestyle.
When running errands, park your car and go inside instead of using the drive-thru, if the places you are going are close to each other walk; don’t forget that for every two minutes your car is inactive, it uses approximately the same amount of fuel you would use to travel one mile. What a waste of gas!
Eat Your Veggies
If your food could talk, it would tell you a lot. Typical grocery store products travel nearly 1,500 miles before it ends up on your plate. All this traveling burns fossil fuels and results in carbon emissions or what we call pollution. Buying from local farmers means you’re not only getting the freshest food possible, but also you’re saving energy.
One of the easiest ways to reduce paper use in your house is by paying your bills online and receiving statements via e-mail. Taking advantage of paperless programs at your bank or utility company means you’ll save money on stamps, eliminate paper waste and always have easy access to your account information and payment history.
The fossil fuels burned to provide a single home with electricity put more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars. Use less energy by turning off lights and unplugging appliances when you don’t need them. Even a cell phone charger continues to use energy when plugged in, whether your cell phone is charging or not. If you use a power strip, you can turn off several appliances with the flip of just one switch.
Check Your Temperature
Sometimes a small change in temperature can have big results. Try keeping your thermostat one to two degrees warmer in the summer and one to two degrees cooler in the winter. This will lower your electricity bill and save a wealth of energy over the course of the year. In nice weather, open windows instead of using lamps and air conditioning.
See the Light
In good weather, you can use natural light to your advantage by opening windows and drawing back curtains, rather than lighting your house 24/7 with lamps and ceiling lights. In hot weather, use heavy curtains or shades to block out the heat and prevent your AC from working overtime.
By taking shorter and fewer showers you can save thousands of gallons of water each year. An ordinary showerhead flows 5 gallons of water per minute, so if you take a five-minute shower instead of a 10-minute one you’ll save 25 gallons of water. Other ways to save water include running full loads through your dishwasher and laundry washing machine, Use cold water and cold-water detergents to save energy, and use a dryer rack instead of the mechanical dryer once a week.
Another simple way to eliminate waste and save money is to make the switch to rechargeable batteries. Even though their initial cost is higher, rechargeable batteries can be recharged hundred of times before they go bad, meaning they could last for years longer than the disposable kind and save you significant cash in the long run. Remember to responsibly recycle dead batteries, both rechargeable and disposable.
Blog one change you are willing to make to go green