6 Green Habits which could save our planet
- Appreciate the Earth and all its beings.
- Go for a walk in nature. Click here to visit a National Park
- Meditate in Nature
- For a deep immersion into nature, go on aWilderness Solo
For the PlanetConscious Consuming – Before you make a purchase, do a quick check to yourself.
- Do I really “need” this product?
- Is the product I need eco-friendly?
- Is there another product I can buy that will use less of the Earth’s resources?
Your HomeRecycle, Recycle, Recycle By recycling just half of your household waste, you can prevent 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. If your neighborhood does not offer a recycling program, visit Earth 911and they will help you. Also click here to recycle obscure materials. Reduce, Reduce, Reduce Only buy products you need. If you reduce your spending, you will not only be saving money, but you are helping save the environment by consuming less natural resources. Purchase products that are eco-friendly. Household products Eliminate Junk Mail Remove your name from mailing lists. More than 4 million tons, 62,000,000 billion pieces of junk mail are printed yearly. Some sources believe the number is as high as 90 billion pieces. Each person receives over 560 pieces of junk mail each year, over 40% of which never gets opened. Amazingly, 2.8 million cars consume less energy than it takes to produce and dispose of the junk mail. Each year over 100 million trees are destroyed to produce junk mail. Please visit these sites to eliminate your junk mail. http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm http://www.41pounds.org/ http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/ Lights Substitute your current lights with compact fluorescent light bulbs (cfl’s). The CFL bulb needs 60% less energy than a normal light bulb. This easy substitute will prevent approximately 300 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. If all US households made this substitute, they would prevent over 90 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. Go to Energy Federation to purchase CFL’s online. Thermostat Adjust your thermostat up 2 degrees in the summer and down 2 degrees in the winter. By taking this simple step, you would prevent 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Cooling and heating your home makes up approximately half of the your home energy needs. Therefore, you could save a lot of money as well by making this simple adjustment. In fact, investing in a programmable thermostat will most likely pay for itself the first year. By lowering the air conditioning or heat before you go to bed and raising it when you wake up each night, this could save you $100.00 a year. For more suggestions on how to save energy, go to the American Councilfor an Energy Efficient Economy. Filters Filter Cleaning and replacement on your air conditioner and furnace can prevent approximately 350 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. Appliances Invest in Appliances that are Energy Efficient. Choose appliances that have the Energy Star Labelthem. U.S. households would prevent 175 million tons or carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year. Water Placing an insulation blanket around your water heater will prevent 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. If you place the setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you will prevent an additional 550 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Visit American Water to find out ways to save water. Electrical Devices Turn off your lights, computer, TV, and stereo if you are not using them. Simply plug your devices into a power strip and turn that one switch off when you leave. This simple step will prevent thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Insulate your home If you do this, you could prevent 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. You also receive the added benefit of saving approximately 25% of your energy bill. For great tips on how to insulate your home, visit Consumer Federation of America. Energy Tired of getting electric bills in the mail? Substitute your home’s current power source with renewable power source such as solar or wind. To learn more, go to Green Power Network . Food Eating organic local food helps the environment! Producing and transporting food consumes a lot of fuel and energy. Here are the facts:
- The average meal you eat has traveled 1,200 miles. If you buy local food, it will not have to travel as far. Visit the USDA website to find a local farmer’s market in your neighborhood.
- Eat more vegetarian and less meat. The second most contributing greenhouse gas next to carbon dioxide is methane. Cows exhale methane because of their grassy diets. More importantly, however, is that most of the forests being destroyed are converted into grazing lands for the cows. The average meat diet demands almost ten times more land than a vegetarian diet. When the forests are destroyed, not only does natural habitat get wiped out, but it releases over a billion tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere each year. Giving up just one meat meal each week and you would conserve 40,000 gallons of water, 70 tons of grain, and prevent 300 pounds of greenhouse gasses from entering the atmosphere each year!
Your WorkThe first 5 steps will save you money!!!
- Turn lights off - connect your electrical devices to a power strip and shut it off when you leave.
- Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
- Use a glass or ceramic cup to drink, not a paper cup, plastic bottle or can.
- Use email instead of paper to send mail, documents, reports, and records.
- Use the double sided feature on your copier whenever possible.
- Purchase 100 percent post-consumer waste, non-chlorinated paper.
- Plant trees when you travel! Here are some good guidelines:1 tree every 2,000 miles (3200 km) by car 1 tree every 1300 miles (2000 km) by plane 1 tree every 100 gallons (375 liters) of gasoline 1 tree every 1000 kilowatt-hours (one kwhr ~= 1.9 pounds CO2)
- Alternative Travel.As you might expect, transportation vehicles are one of the biggest contributors of carbon dioxide. There are several options you can choose from when traveling, all of which would have a lesser impact on the Earth and your wallet. For example, you can Walk Walk to work. Click here to learn moreBike Bike to work. Click here to learn moreCarpool Trying this only twice a week will prevent 1,590 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Visit erideshare.com which is a free service that connects commuters. Also visit the Commuter Page For more informationCarshare These are great alternatives for people who want a car. You pay a reasonable membership fee and this covers your insurance, maintenance, and your gas! Visit ZipCar to find out more.Public Transportation Visit the American Public Transportation Association Telecommute Ever consider working from home? You could save a considerable amount of money and be helping the environment at the same time. Visit for more information . Hybrids – Choose a more fuel efficient vehicle. http://www.greenercars.org/ http://www.epa.gov/autoemissions
Your CarInflate your tires Your gas mileage will improve by at least 3%. You will also prevent 20 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere for each gallon of gas that you save. Visit Car Care to learn tips on proper inflation. Regular Maintenance. Keeping your car regularly maintained will improve your gas mileage and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. If only 1% of automobile owners regularly maintained their car, they would prevent approximately one billion pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
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