By making small changes to your day-to-day life, you can change the way you impact the planet!
- Energy usage. The number one thing, and actually the easiest, is to reduce energy use. This can be as simple as turning off the lights after you exit a room, or unplugging chargers from the wall sockets when not in use. Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. Turn off the tv and other electronics when not in use. Insulate your homes (using window coverings or insulating your pipes) so you can reduce your thermostat in the winter and use fans to circulate air in the summer.
- Transportation. Now this one can be a little tricky depending on your situation. Reducing your carbon footprint can be as easy as carpooling to work or walking and biking whenever possible. Take public transport if it’s available in your area. When it comes to buying that new car, look at ones that will get you better gas mileage, or maybe even a hybrid or electric!
- Conserve water. Wash clothing in cold water and hang your clothing to dry. When you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the water when you are not actively using it, you can save a lot that way! Low-flow showerheads and toilets can help conserve water. An easy way to save water is to put a brick or object to displace water into the toilet tank in the back of your toilet. Less water will be needed to fill the tank and therefore less water will be flushed and wasted!
- Recycle! Let recycling be something that becomes a natural part of your life. Recycle everything you can, and purchase items that are made from recycled materials. There are many services online that can help you recycle your empty printer ink cartridges and cell phones and will actually donate to non-profit organizations!
- Reduce! Cut the plastic! Bring reusable bags to the store, and take your reusable bottle with you everywhere you go. Refuse straws and plastic cutlery when you go out to eat or order in.
- Reuse! Take your old clothes to consignment shops or donate them rather than throwing them away. Do the same for household goods.
- High efficiency appliances. If you’re in the market to replace any appliances, look for appliances that are high efficiency with Energy Star ratings. Those with Energy Star ratings use a minimum of 20% less energy when in use.
- Green power!! Where is your power coming from? Find out if your power comes from a renewable energy source, and if you can increase the percentage of renewable supplied energy. Encourage your energy providers to make the switch to green energy!
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