10 Ways to Go Green
Going green doesn't have to be an intimidating concept everybody is afraid to grasp. In fact it can be quite simple and it will help save the world. Depending on what age you are your great grandchildren might not ever see a polar bear in their life. The ice caps are melting and the oceans are rising and so far there isn't a way to reverse it. But we can dramatically slow it down. Follow these easy steps and you will be on your way to living a greener life.
1. Make it full: Before running your dishwasher, make sure it is all the way full or at least most of the way. Running the dishwasher uses a lot of water and doesn't need to be run every day. Same with your washer machine, don't wash your clothes unless you run out or you can wash a full load.
2. Turn it off: Whether it's a light in your bedroom or the radio your no longer listening to, make sure you turn it off. Using electricity is one of the major contributors to global warming, and it is sometimes the easiest to prevent by simply turning it off. Turning your computer off each night is also a good idea. Many people don't realize that they leave their computer on 24/7. Not only does it save energy, but it also prevents overheating which will increase your computer lifetime.
3. Save the paper: By saving paper you are helping the enviroment and saving trees at the same time. Paper is used almost everywhere which means that their are many ways to save it. Here are some ways:
- Stop your newspaper subscription and read the news online.
- Pay as many of your bills online as possible.
- Put a stop to useless mail. You know all that mail that you never read and just throw in the trash? Well most of the time it takes a simple phone call to unsubscribe from that stuff.
- About to throw away some used paper? Don't!Let your kids draw on the back of it. Most of the time this paper is only one sided which means the other side is perfect for your little kids to draw on. Why give them a whole new piece?
- Online! Online! Online! I know I've already mentioned ways to do this previously. But there are hundreds of ways you could save paper by going online instead. Next time you are about to use paper, think "Do I really need the paper or would my computer work just as well?"
4. Borrow don't buy: Borrowing and not buying is always a smart choice. If you need a book, borrow from the library instead of buying a new one. It will save paper and ink let alone money. Or if you have to do a yearly job, lets say power washing your walkways. Instead of buying a power washer or even renting one, get to know your neighbors and ask to borrow it an then allow them to borrow something from you. In many cases it is better to rent than buy, unless you have to use the product a lot.
5. Recycle Electronics: Almost everyone these days owns some sort of electronic. To even be viewing this text right now you must own an electronic. But what happens when you throw your old electronics in the trash? Our earth gets filled with millions of pounds of dangerous chemicals and heavy metals. Well now it's even easier than before to recycle electronics by visiting mygreenelectronics.org which was created by the Consumer Electronics Association.
6. Buy Locally: Instead of buying your produce from a typical grocery store, try buying it from local farmers. Did you know that produce from an average grocery store travels over 1,000 miles before it ends up on your plate? Not only does that traveling cause pollution but your food is far from fresh. Support your local market to help stop pollution and get fresher food.
7. Fix The Drip: A leaky faucet is one of the most unnecessary ways to waste water. Up to 74 gallons a day can be wasted from a leaky faucet and up to 200 gallons a day for a dripping toilet. Water shortages in many states are expected to come in less than six years if we don't act now. Do yourself a favor and fix that drip!
8. Look for the Label: Buying products with an energy star label guarantee that the product is energy efficient. Some items with this label use 35 percent less energy such as a battery charger. Savings up to $500 annually are possible by replacing your household items with new energy efficient ones.
9. Use Wildlife: There is no need to use harmful chemicals when all you have to do is get some ladybugs. Ladybugs naturally eat aphids which eat and destroy your plants and flowers. So instead of polluting the environment with chemicals, visit your gardening store and most likely they will have a bag of ladybugs for sale.
10. Refill: Buying plastic water bottles is a filthy habit even when recycling them. Instead by reusable bottles that you can refill over and over again. Whether its on a hike or to lunch what can a plastic water bottle do that a reusable one can't?