Environmental awareness should be on the minds of every individual. Considering the dire consequences global warming, wildfires, and water shortages have, and will continue to have on each and every person, it is important for everybody to chip in and do what they can to conserve energy, reduce waste, and protect endangered lands and species.
Doing your part is not as hard or time consuming as you might think. We need to quit the talking and get to action before it’s too late. The future is now, and this list of simple everyday things, which anybody can do, will certainly help preserve our environments.
- Conserve Electricity
Fossil fuels are being consumed at an alarming rate. These limited resources, power our day-to-day lives, but they also eject harmful greenhouse gases into the air. These greenhouse gases are the number one cause of global warming and air pollution. In order to reduce fossil fuel use it is important to conserve electricity. Here are some great ways to conserve electricity.
- Turning off all lights when they are not being used and doing the same with all appliances.
- Try not to leave electronic devices plugged in. Some devices, computers, video game consoles, and cell phone chargers when left plugged in will still eat up electricity.
- Instead of using a dryer for you clothes, use a clothesline. When you use your washer and dryer always load it as full as you can.
- Make sure your home has proficient insulation, and energy efficient windows, to help keep electrical heating and cooling consumption down.
- Make sure you close all doors and windows when running your furnace and air conditioner.
- Do not set your heating and cooling thermostats too high or too low, find a happy medium and don’t use them unless absolutely necessary.
- Use environmentally friendly light bulbs. They use up less energy and will last longer.
- Reduce your use of hot water and watch less TV.
- Use renewable energy sources wherever you can. Wind and solar power and great sources of energy.
- Push your local government officials to look into and support environmentally friendly policies.
- Conserve Water
Freshwater is becoming more and more scarce and polluted. This life-giving resource needs to be protected and conserved as all life on Earth depends on it. Many countries are going through water shortages and a lot of cities still pollute their water supplies with sewage and other garbage. To conserve and protect water it is important for every person to do their part. Here are some fantastic, simple things you can do to help out.
- Don’t waste water. Make sure you are only using as much water as absolutely necessary.
- Limit the time you spend in the shower. Only turn it on when you are ready to get in.
- Turn off faucets when they are not being used. Don’t let the faucet continue to run while you are brushing your teeth. Use it only when you wet your brush and rinse it off.
- When washing your car fill up a bucket so the hose is not constantly running. Also, park it on your lawn if possible so the water gets soaked up in the grass
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets.
- Install low flow toilets and faucets. Toilets use up a lot of water and installing a low flow brand will save lots of water.
- Only use the dishwasher when it is completely full.
- If you have a pool, use a pool cover to avoid evaporation.
The most common cause of greenhouse gases comes from driving gas powered vehicles. There are many alternatives to driving cars that will help reduce gas emissions, and therefore reduce air pollution. Here are some ways to help the environment through environmentally responsible transportation methods.
- Walk or ride a bicycle. Not only is it healthy, it helps the environment. Especially for short trips, walking or riding a bike will get you in shape and reduce wear and tear on your vehicle.
- If you drive to work or school try to carpool. This saves time, money, and gas.
- Avoid unnecessary driving. Plan your routes for travel in the most efficient way possible.
- Buy a hybrid car. They produce very little emissions, and use very little gas.
- Recycle and Conserve Resources
Recycling and conserving materials such as paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic will reduce the amount of trash in landfills and make the environment cleaner. Plastics are not biodegradable and pollute our lands and oceans. Use these suggestions to do your part through recycling and conserving.
- Avoid using plastic. When you go shopping bring your own bag to reduce the amount of plastic bags you use. Plastic bags are a major environmental concern. They are used way too much and have seriously trashed our environment.
- Recycle all of your cans, glass, plastics, and paper products.
- Use bio-degradable materials. Avoid Styrofoam products at all costs.
- Limit your use of throwaway products. Have reusable drinking bottles, forks, spoons, and knives handy to avoid using the plastic forms of these.
- Limit your use of non-rechargeable batteries. Not only do batteries leak harmful acid, they cannot be disposed of easily. Use devices that you can plug in instead.
- Buy paper and other products made from recycled materials.
- Curb your use of paper towels and toilet paper. Use cloth dish rags and sponges for cleaning purposes.
- Cancel catalogs and other junk mail. If you don’t need it, call the company sending it and tell them to stop.
- Donate or sell old clothes, jewelry, and household items instead of throwing them away. Many people can find perfectly good uses for your old stuff.
- Cancel your newspaper subscription. If you are able get your news from TV and internet sources you will save tons of paper. The energy consumption it takes to cut trees down and delivery a paper to your home will also be eliminated.
- If you are an avid tea drinker, buy tea leaves instead of tea bags and brew them using a filter.
- Don’t buy needless items. If you can borrow the item you need, or get it second hand it will save resources.
- Conserve Food
Conserving food and eating responsibly and locally is not only healthier, but will also help the environment. Here are some great ways to conserve food.
- Limit meat and fast food eating. Not only is it unhealthy but, meat production uses up a lot of resources and wastes a lot of them in their processing plants. Fast food restaurants use a lot of this meat and a lot of land has been razed for cattle grazing.
- Use leftover meat to feed your pets. This saves on pet food. If you shop at a butcher ask them for any leftover meat or even a bone for your dog.
- Eat locally grown food and buy from local merchants to reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to transport them. Growing your own food will also help curb the use of these resources.