Going “green” is more than just an adjective, it is a verb. Here are ten easy steps to go green:
Fuel emissions are one of the biggest contributors to global warming. You can reduce your emissions by carpooling, taking a bus, riding a bike, or walking more often.
Eat fresh foods
Fresh foods generally require less packaging, or no packaging at all. This reduces the need for raw materials and lessens the burden on landfills.
Do full loads of laundry and dishes
Running a half-full load of laundry or dishes, in essence, doubles the amount of energy and water necessary.
Unplug unused appliances.
Appliances such as the television, toaster, gaming system, and computer all use energy when they are plugged in, even when they are turned off. You can save energy by unplugging appliances when they are not in use.
Change your air filters regularly
When air goes through your heating and ventilation system, the air filter gets caked requiring the system to use much more energy, running harder and longer, to push air through the system.
Use new energy-efficient appliances
Energy-efficient appliances use less energy, create less waste and are built on “green” principles. When it is time to purchase new appliances, buy those with the energy-efficient label.
Use energy-efficient light bulbs
Lighting is approximately 20% of an average home’s energy use. CFL’s (compact fluorescent light) use 30-75% less energy than their soon-to-be retired predecessor, the incandescent.
Recycling lessens the need for raw materials therefore reducing the need to run heavy equipment to mine raw materials. Recycling also lessens the need for landfill space, less equipment, and less fuel.
Even naturally biodegradable items such as fruits and vegetables need oxygen to biodegrade, and without oxygen – in a plastic bag – food items can take several years to biodegrade. When you compost you save items from the landfill which also helps to reduce the production of methane and leachate, both of which are major contributors to global warming
Use a refillable water bottle
Less than half of the billions of plastic water bottles used each year are recycled. Not only do thrown-away water bottles clog landfills and produce harmful gases that destroy the ozone layer, they increase the need for raw materials which increases the need for fuel to mine the raw materials. Plastic water bottles also take approximately 1,000 years to biodegrade.