Did you know that it’s surprisingly easy to help the environment? It’s true. You can help the environment in several ways that require little to no effort at all. Sometimes it’s literally as simple as flipping a light switch or turning off a faucet. When you start making tiny changes in your life that help the environment, you’ll actually start feeling better about yourself because you’ll know you’re making a difference.
Turn Off the AC and Open Your Windows
Running your air conditioner every day, year round, consumes lots of electricity. In most parts of the country, during the spring and the fall, it’s nice enough outside to open your windows and let the cool air naturally cool your home. Also, don’t forget to turn off your air conditioner whenever you leave the house.
Don’t Leave Your Appliances Plugged In
Believe it or not, even when your appliances are not in use, they are still consuming electricity while they are plugged in. Simply unplug your toaster, microwave, or coffee pot when it’s not in use. Not only will this help the environment, it will lower your electric bill.
Cut Back on Eating Meat
Did you know that experts estimate it takes up to 15,000 liters of water just to make a single hamburger? Just think about that for a second… Every time you choose to have a vegetarian meal instead of a burger from a fast-food joint, you’re literally saving thousands of liters of water. You’re also saving an animals’ life, giving you two things you can feel good about.
Conserve Water Around the House
There are so many simple ways you can conserve water: You can take quick showers instead of baths; you can remember to not leave the faucet running while you’re brushing your teeth; you can only flush the toilet when you go number two – a little unpleasant, but it will save lots of water… Here’s an interesting fact: Did you know washing your dishes in the dishwasher is actually greener than washing them by hand? It’s true. You can actually save a lot of water that way.
Use Canvas Shopping Bags
The easiest way you can save plastic – all plastics are made from oil – is by using canvas shopping bags instead of going to the grocery store empty handed and coming home a pile of plastic bags. If you do find yourself in a situation where you are given a plastic bag, like at a gas station or convenience store, simply refuse the bag; or, if you really need, take the bag but save it in drawer or cupboard when you get home instead of throwing it away. Then you can later recycle it or reuse it.
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