How To Be Green

Global warming is a serious problem. According to Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth”, global warming can affect not only the quality of life but also the economies of many nations. Still, many people simply ignore the issue because they think there’s little they can do to make a difference. This is simply not true. While major policy changes are keys to help save our planet, there’s also much that can be done at a smaller, personal level. If you and those you care about are wondering, ”How can we go green?” here are some tips to follow:

Use less energy

This is probably the easiest and most effective thing you can do. By turning off all your lights and appliances when you’re not using them, you can easily save up to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. To save even more, donft leave anything on stand-by. Unplug the coffee maker when not in use and do the same with the DVD player, the toaster oven and the cell phone charger. If you’re going away for more than a couple of days, unplug your microwave and TV, as well.

Adjust your thermostat

Adjusting your home’s temperature by just two degrees will have a huge impact on your energy consumption. In fact, raising your thermostat by two degrees in the summer and lowering it two degrees in winter can save up to 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide in a single year. You’re unlikely to even feel the difference, but if you do, just wear an extra sweater or a lighter T-shirt in summer. Can you do without the AC, at least for a few hours? Running a floor fan for an hour will use only 100 watts of energy, while a window AC uses up to 1,440 watts per hour, depending on the model.

Recycle

Recycle as much as possible. Not only should you recycle paper and plastic, you should also recycle batteries, paint, glass, computers, and anything else recycling centers near you will take. You can also recycle or reuse things in your own home. Recycle leaves and branches by adding them to a compost pile, and reuse items you no longer use by finding a new purpose for them. For example, glass jars can become pots for herbs or impromptu coin jars and an old bookcase can be used to hold tools in the garage. Another way to recycle things is to donate them. Rather than throwing away clothes, furniture or household items that you no longer use, give them to charity, pass them on to other people or simply reuse them.

SAVE WATER

We are completely depleting our usable water supply at an alarmingly increasing rate. A huge concern right now is how to preserve the fresh water supply that we currently use from cross-contamination and depletion due to mass consumer wastage. Fresh water is an important natural resource for everyone! Human use of water for irrigation and industrial applications can have catastrophic effects upon our water supply. Any type of contamination can have serious effects upon our supply. Fresh and unpolluted water accounts for 0.003% of total water available globally. The fact is we need to stop wasting now. We can do this by many methods: 1. STOP watering down your driveway and sidewalk. Use a broom instead. 2. DON’T water down your grass with a hose. If you need to water your lawn use a time released sprinkler system. 3. STOP flushing the toilet when you pee. Leaving it yellow won’t hurt you any. 4. When you wash your hands or the dishes DON’T put the water on full blast. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish with a trickle. SAVE WATER before it’s too late.

Get involved

If you want to get more involved in the green movement, there are ways you can help at a political level. You can write a letter to your mayor, governor or other local authorities, asking them to make a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their cities. You can also join the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, a free online pledge to reduce your energy consumption.

Buy carbon offset points

If you’re a frequent flyer, you can buy carbon offset ”points” to help reduce your carbon footprint. To do this, you first log in to a website that sells carbon offsets, such as the Carbon Fund organization. You then use their online calculator to figure out how much carbon dioxide (CO2) you create a year by flying, using your car, running the AC, etc. The website then transforms those carbon emissions into dollar equivalents. All you have to do then is pay that amount, which will be used to plant trees, implement new renewable energy projects and prevent deforestation. Your money goes toward things that will ease the damage youfre causing by flying and driving.

So, how can we go green? It’s certainly not all or nothing. Every action, no matter how small, will help. Incorporate the tips above into your life so that you start on the path to eco-friendly living.

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