September 4, 2015 5:36 am
Going green is a responsibility of all of us to make the planet a better place to live as well as preserve it for future generations. It is not only rewarding to do your part but it is also a lot easier than you might think.
Start with the permanent fixtures around your house. Grab some compact fluorescent bulbs to outfit your lighting needs. They use over two-thirds less power and in most cases they last over ten times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Unplug your appliances when you are not using them. Toasters, phone chargers, printers, and anything else that you keep plugged in draw a lot of energy even when the appliance is off. It is a phenomenon that is commonly referred to as “vampire appliances” because the device still uses power for either a standby mode or because they can’t terminate the flow.
Turn down your thermostat (or up in the summer). Two degrees is minimal enough that you will hardly notice but it can save as much as 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Another great idea is to wash your clothes in cold water only. That combined with air drying your laundry can save over 80% of energy consumption related to cleaning your clothes.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible and purchase recycled products when available. Pay attention to the markings on the bottom of your packages to know exactly how to recycle them. Use empty containers from food products as tupperware to store leftovers from dinner and to take for lunch the next day. Contact the post office and request no junk mail as 100 million trees worth are sent out each year.
Turn off that water while brushing your teeth or washing dishes, cut the lights when you are out of the room or not home, and only run the dishwasher with full loads. If everyone does their part, a real difference can be made.
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