Today is Earth Day – an important day to recognize what everyone can do to support the environment. Going Green is a mission everyone can get involved in. What better cause to support than protecting our planet for future generations? We’ve made strides towards environmental protection, but we still have a long way to go. With our continued contribution to greenhouse gases, waste and depletion of nonrenewable resources, the earth has suffered. Global warming is a perfect example. If everyone unites towards sustainability, we can be successful in our efforts to protect our planet. Here are some tips for going green.
Recycle – People create a lot of waste. Recycling helps to control landfills and keep harmful items, like plastic, out of the environment. Recycle glass, plastic, paper and aluminum to help reduce waste. Many cities offer recycling trash bins. Don’t forget plastic bags. They can collect in trees and shrubs, which is not only unsightly, but potentially dangerous to wildlife. These bags are not biodegradable. Consider using reusable shopping bags. Many recycling centers and grocery stores collect plastic bags for recycling.
Limit Water Usage – Restricting water usage will help preserve our fresh water supply. Try not to waste water in and around your home. Consider using low-flow water fixtures to help conserve water. Repair leaky pipes and faucets. Only water your landscaping when absolutely necessary. Many cities have water restrictions to help limit wastefulness.
Reduce Your Energy Use – One of the best ways to help the environment is by reducing the amount of energy you use. Turn off lights before you leave a room. Unplug appliances that are not in use. Don’t forget to turn off your heat or air conditioning when you’re out of town. Thermostats are available that can be programed remotely.
Use Renewable Energy Sources – Shifting away for using non-renewable resources for energy is essential to reducing greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change. Most energy companies offer renewable energy plan options through non-biomass sources of energy (hydropower, geothermal or wind). Utilizing solar energy when possible helps too. More and more home owners are adding solar panels to their homes to draw energy from the sun.
Create Less Waste – We have certainly been more mindful of going green, but we still have a long way to go. Becoming less reliant on paper is important. Using a computer or mobile app works great for notes and calendars. Avoid using baggies for food storage. Reusable baggies or containers help reduce waste. Try using fabric towels and napkins instead of paper. Bring a mug or cup to the office to use for drinks.
Clean Up Your Commute – Transportation is a huge carbon generator. You can help by carpooling, driving a fuel efficient car and keeping your car running effectively. Don’t forget to change your filters and get regular tune ups. Simply checking your tires to make sure they are balanced can help your car run more efficiently.