Ways to help the Environment

Ways to help the Environment

[H]ere you will find numerous ways that you can help the Earth right from home; Yes, they may be the obvious things, like shutting off lights when not in use, or watching your water useage – but they are all important things that we need to be doing if we want to see a change in the World!

It’s a lot easier going green than you think. Here are a few ideas that will help get you started, and have an positive impact on the Environment!

1. Walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation to work, school or anywhere you would normally drive your car to.  If you need to drive your car, make sure to combine your errands – like getting groceries, paying bills, and other things that have to get done, into one trip.  Leaving your car home just two days a week can reduce greenhouse emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year!

2. Pay attention to how much water you are using. Click here to see all the ways you can save water! (It was so big, it needed it’s own page!!)

3. Use reusable diapers. Most of us moms (and dads) find convenience in using disposable diapers. Easy to put on, keeps most of the stuff in, and when done, you toss it out! The problem with the majority of these brands of diapers (besides upwards of 50 million in the US alone being thrown out daily) is that they are made with harmful chemicals. Sodium Polyacrylate has been linked to toxic shock syndrome in tampons, it also contributes to diaper rash and other health risks in infants.  These chemicals eventually make their way back into the Earth, contaminating our water supply and surrounding vegetation.  Buying resuable diapers will not only be a healthier choice, you will be also making a positive impact on this planet!

4. Turn off your lights/electronics when not in use.  Kind of a no brainer. If you turned off a light when you left a room, or shut your computer off at night, you could save money each month on your electricity bill. We all tend to think that leaving a light on won’t contribute much to our energy bill – but when you think about all the lights you have in your home, and how often they are left on, it starts to add up!  When combined with all of your other electronics and appliances, it is an unnecessary waste of the Earth’s precious resources, and adds to global pollution!

5. Turn down your thermostat.  During the warmer months there is really no need for us to be cranking the heat first thing in the morning!  The one benefit to being cold is that you can put more layers on! (You can only take off so much in the heat)  Instead of fullfilling your desire to turn up the heat, put on a sweater instead! You’ll be able to take it off when you’re warmer and you won’t waste natural gas!

6. Plant a Tree.  Planting a tree in your yard, and making a family event out of it is something you can look forward to every year! Planting trees can provide shade over your house, and be a great place to hang a tire swing from when it’s big enough! Not only do they provide us with fresh air, but they also help keep the air clean! It’s really a win, win scenario for all.

7. Switch over to E-bills.  It’s really easy to switch to getting your bills electronically – most companies offer this service on their websites, or can easily do this over the phone.  Not only will you not have to worry about undelivered mail, you will also reduce the consumption of paper, saving countless trees!

8. Go vegetarian once a week. Or more if you like! Did you know that it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef hambuger?  Not only is it inefficient in the way we raise cattle for mass consumption, agriculture itself is identified as a major water pollutant (EPA).  Areas known as “dead-zones” in our oceans are linked to the spillage from harmful chemicals, such as pesticides, nitrates, and manure from the billions of animals killed for food!  Not only will you be doing the Earth a great favour by going vegetarian, you will also be saving an animals life!

9. Use your re-usable bags. The US alone uses 84 million plastic bags a year!  This is a pretty big number when you look at the global use of 500 million.  Plastic bags take several hundred years before they decompose, end up in our oceans and sadly, effect the food chain for many species of marine life. Stronger, cloth reusable bags are available in most stores and are generally an inexpensive option (especially if you have to buy plastic bags!)

10. Use rechargable batteries. Every year 15 billion batteries are produced and sold, the majority of them being the disposable alkaline kind – unfortunately only a fraction of these are recycled.  Buying a recharger and a few sets of rechargable batteries will not only save you money in the long run, you will be doing your part to keep unnecessary toxic waste from seeping into our earth!

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