When people think of conserving energy, they usually imagine themselves in a hot room slowly disintegrating. But conserving energy shouldn’t be synonymous with torture. No need to give up comfort…you can do things as simple as unplugging devices that aren’t being used such as chargers and toasters. You can also switch to LED lightbulbs, which last longer than conventional lighting and consume a quarter of the energy. These small changes will not only help your electric bill, they’ll lesson your eco footprint.
Conserving water is a lot easier than you might think. It’s really all about being mindful and paying attention. When brushing your teeth, make sure to turn off the faucet in between rinses. Also, while showering, you can turn off the water when lathering up with soap or simply make a commitment to take shorter showers. You can also lessen the amount of water you use by washing your car with a bucket and a sponge instead of using a hose. And if you have a pool, make sure to use a cover to avoid evaporation.
Ideally, we’d all drive around in hybrids all day long, but let’s be real, purchasing a new car might not be in the plans or budget right now. Not to worry, there are still a couple of things you can do to minimize the damage driving around everywhere yields. For starters, plan out your errands before you leave the house, this will keep you from driving around in circles wasting gas — and time. Keep in mind that some trips don’t require a car, so if the things on your to-do list are just a couple of miles away, consider using a bicycle instead.
It’s always important to recycle as much as you can and as often as possible. Keep a separate trash bin in your kitchen to dispose of any and all things that can be recycled, including cans, aluminum bake ware, corrugated cardboards, magazines, newspapers, glass and plastic bottles. However, don’t limit your recycling to just trash, remember to recycle clothing and household items such as sheets, towels and electronics by gathering anything you no longer need and donating it to a charity that will put it to good use.