Using less energy for your home could help reduce environmental impacts as well as your energy bills. Turning your thermostat down a bit in the winter will save you on energy cost. Also try to reduce your hot water use by washing your clothes in cold water. Reducing household energy demands will also reduce carbon emission and your bills.
2. Reuse & recycle common household products
Look for products that can be rebuilt or reused. If you have things in your house that you don’t use or didn’t use for a long time, chances are you do not need then anymore. Get rid of your unwanted products, but not into the landfill. Try to recycle as much as possible. If you don’t need something, like your old clothes, old furniture and appliances, it could all be put to good alternative use. Donate them, recycle them or sell them in a garage sell, so that someone else can use them.
When you use fewer materials or recycle materials, there is less pressure on mining. Our landfills don’t need to exist; every bit of used material could be reused and rebuilt into something else.
3. Use less paper
Cut down using paper. When you use paper, you are destroying trees that were cut down to make that paper. Paper industry also uses fuel and water, which is wasted every time you throw away your old newspaper. Tryreducing environmental impacts by using less paper whenever you can. Instead of regular newspaper read electronic media, pay your bills online; use recycled paper, and use cotton napkins and towels instead of paper towels. It would not only save trees, but also save a lot of landfill space and trash.
4. Turn off all electronics before bed
Electronic devices can draw power even when they are turned off, if they are plugged in. Before you go to bed, turn off all electronic devices. You don’t only switch them off, but switch off the power switch form where they are plugged in. This will save you electric bills by preventing power wastage from standby or “phantom draw.”
5. Ride greener rides
Our transportation systems waste way too much energy. American automobiles, buses, and trains are not as efficient on fuel as they should be. Last year’s average fuel efficiency record was 23.6 miles per gallon. Compare that to a Honda or Toyota that averages 45-50 miles per gallon. We could save thousands of dollars every year if we drove a car with that kind of fuel efficiency. Overall, most of our cities need renovations with transit systems, better public transportation systems and better fuel efficient automobiles.
Some of the renewable energy industry is already making progress with clean sources of energy. Electric vehicles are making magnificent progress and gaining popularity around the world. Electric trains that run from renewable sources could be a solution for mass public transit. Overall, try to use public transportation or carpooling more often.