According to Wikipedia, living green, also known as sustainable living, “is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet.”
The question is, how do we do that? In this article we will offer some of our favorite tips on reducing overall energy consumption on a daily basis. Trust us when we say that these small changes can and will add up to huge impacts. Check out our list, make a plan and do your part to live the green life.
- Go paperless both at home and at the office. There are numerous benefits of going paperless but the most important benefit is the environmental impact: for each tree we cut down, that is one less tree that will release oxygen for our environment. However, if you do have to print, print double-sided.
- Here’s a fact. Did you know that recycling a single aluminum can actually save enough electricity to operate a standard television for three hours?
- Switch to LED bulbs. It’s finally time to throw out those traditional incandescent light bulbs in favor of LED bulbs. Not only are these bulbs 90% more energy efficient, they also last at least 10 times longer.
- Recycle those worn out sneakers. At some point, every pair of sneakers will start to show some type of wear and tear. But instead of throwing them out, recycle them. Did you know that Nike has a recycling program that uses material from discarded sneakers to create playgrounds, courts, fields and tracks?
- No junk in the trunk. Check out the trunk of your car and take out any unnecessary items, especially heavier ones. All of the extra weight in the trunk of your vehicle will reduce overall fuel efficiency. And due to gasoline prices at the time of this writing (as high as $3.00 per gallon in many cities across the country), any tip is helpful for saving fuel.
- No more Styrofoam. It is no secret that Styrofoam is non-biodegradable. It has also been linked to various health concerns including leukemia and lymphoma cancer.
- Stop wasting water. Is it really necessary to run the faucet the entire time you’re brushing your teeth? Or is it really necessary to take 30 minute showers? On top of that, if you notice any water leaks, try to get those fixed as soon as possible because those leaks could waste up to 20 gallons a day. And when it comes to washing your car, going to the car wash is much more efficient than doing it at home.
- No more hot water for laundry. We know that your mother taught you all those years ago to wash your whites in hot water. But did you know that it requires an excess amount of energy to heat the water that’s being used in your washing machine? Now is the time to switch to doing laundry in cold water. And here’s an even bigger tip: there are now laundry detergents being produced for cold water washing.
- Lights out. We can’t stress this enough. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
- Change those showerheads. In tip #7 we talked about not wasting water by taking long showers. But if you absolutely insist on staying in the shower that long, switch to low-flow showerheads which can save the average family around 3000 gallons of water a year.
Take these 10 tips and share the knowledge with your friend and family. As we mentioned above, now is the time to make a plan and do your part to live the green life.