Sometimes the smallest changes can mean the biggest benefits – especially if a lot of people implement them! If you want to add in some small steps to make your life a little greener, here are a few tips.
If you can, try commuting to work every now and then. This is great for the environment because there is one less car on the road burning fossil fuels. Also it buys you a little time to catch up with a friend or family member before you head to work or school.
2. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
If you’re trying to go green and you’re not recycling you’re doing it wrong. Recycling should be the first step to start with when going green. Recycling isn’t a huge lifestyle adjustment; it’s just another way to organize your garbage. Recycling also saves the environment from more waste and fossil fuels.
Turn off lights when you’re not in a room. When you can, use daylight for reading and eating, and when it’s dark use a single lamp – preferably with a CFL bulb. Try opening a window for some sunshine. Not only does it save money and electricity to open a window, it’s also good for your skin.
Try to combine errands in one trip so you use less fuel. The carpool principle can also be applied here as well. This will save you time and keep the environment cleaner.
While the world is abundant with oceans of water, clean drinking water is minimal. More than 60% of the each is water and less than 5% of it is clean drinking water. Most of our drinking water reserves are solid ice. With global temperatures rising it’s important to preserve as much water as possible.
- · I like to scrub my dishes with the faucet off then turn the faucet on and rinse them all at once. If you’re using a dishwasher keep it on the eco setting.
- · Wash your car as infrequently as possible, and when you do, turn the hose off while you soap up and scrub your car.
6. Heating and Cooling
Turn down your thermostat at night and when you leave the house. Even better, install a programmable timer – it’s simpler than you think and is still considered a small step in going green. Make sure your furnace filters are changed regularly, and use celling and stand fans as much as possible in the summer. Using a fan along with your air conditioner circulates the air and makes it cooler quicker.
Cut back on meat eating where you can – since we’re talking small steps; maybe have one meatless meal a week or three meatless meals one day a week. Commercially-raised meat is said to have a negative impact on the environment, so the less you eat, the lower the demand, and the fewer animals raised for slaughter. Make the switch to local and organic food. Maybe choose one food to start with, such as apples or carrots.
As you implement these small steps, you and many others like you can have a significant, positive impact on the environment. It only takes one to make a difference.