Ways to Go Green
Ecology Green: Ways in which you Can Help Save the Environment.
Reducing your carbon footprint is a necessary action in order to have an impact on saving our environment. Take some time to brainstorm and create an action plan to change your habits that have a negative effect on the environment. Turning off lights when leaving a room, or turning off electronic devices when not in use CAN make a huge difference in the amount of CO2 being released into our atmosphere. Reducing your wasteful habits can also have a positive effect on your wallet! If you are having a hard time getting started, the list of items below is a good way to get you started on the right track.
Fluorescent light bulbs:
Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Although they cost several times more upfront than regular incandescent light bulbs, they also last about 10 times longer, which means that for every CFL you screw in, you’ll be saving eight incandescent light bulbs from landfill purgatory. Plus, you’ll save some serious cash in the long run. Because CFLs use 75 percent less energy,
swapping one incandescent bulb for a CFL reduces carbon dioxide by 500 pounds a year; replacing 17 has the equivalent effect of taking one car off the road for a year.
Energy Star-rated appliances:
Purchasing energy-saving Energy Star-rated appliances appliances, electronics, and lighting can help mitigate that, while slashing a third of your electric bill.
Improving the energy efficiency of your home could even earn you tax credits from Uncle Sam.
Paper Not Plastic:
Because petroleum-based plastic isn’t biodegradable, it’s certain to outlive you-by about a millennium or so. Each year, thousands of marine animals, including the endangered leatherback turtle, choke to death on plastic trash they mistake for stackable morsels. Our unholy love for plastic disposables has also bred a swirling vortex of plastic trash the size of Texas in the North Pacific Ocean-not surprising when you consider that Americans run through about 100 billion plastic bags annually, using up an estimated 12 million barrels of oil. Use recycled bags
Deforestation is responsible for 25 percent of all carbon emissions released into the atmosphere, through the burning and cutting of 34 million acres of trees annually. Save some virgin and old-growth forests by opting out of paper catalogs and browsing online, instead. Why did you think Al Gore invented the Internet? Shed those extra 41 pounds of junk mail the average American packs on each year by removing yourself from direct-mail mailing lists; if you need a tad more help, companies such as GreenDimes and 41pounds.org have got your back.
Buy Locally Grown Produce:
Grapes can clock 2,143 miles cruising from vineyards in Napa Valley to supermarket aisles in Chicago, gobbling up barrels of crude oil and spewing pollutants and greenhouse-gas emissions in their wake. By buying your produce locally, whether it’s through the farmers’ market or a community-assisted agriculture program, you can reduce your “food miles,” otherwise known as the distance your food has to travel to get from the farm to your plate. Now that’s fresh.
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle:
It’s better to reduce your personal consumption than it is to reuse something, and it’s less environmentally taxing to reuse a product than to have it recycled. Separating recyclables from your regular trash, which barely takes any effort, is a no-brainer, of course; recycling aluminum, for instance, takes as little as 5 percent of the energy we’d need to manufacture virgin aluminum.
Low-impact sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power reduce our dependence on coal-burning power plants, a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions. And because harnessing the power of renewable “fuels” such as sun and wind are free, your electric bill is likely to scale down because of the reduced price of wholesale electricity.
Household appliances that are plugged into wall sockets, drain power all hours of the day and night, even after you’ve switched them off.
(Americans pay $1 billion a year to power our televisions and VCRs while they’re turned off.) Other sleeper agents of the electric undead that consume 1,000 kilowatt hours a year per household, while in standby mode: your toaster, coffeemaker, hair dryer, PC, printer, cable box, and cell phone charger.
You don’t have to live in a constant state of fear, however, forever checking behind your back for that one appliance you forgot to unplug.
Just plug adjacent equipment into power strips with surge protectors , and before you crawl under the safety of your covers-or head out to work-simply flip the switch.
An average of 200 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals, for instance, were recently discovered in the umbilical-cord blood of newborns. (These included seven dangerous pesticides, some of which were banned in the U.S. more than 30 years ago.) We’re serving our kids potent chemical cocktails even before they’re born. Pesticides have also been implicated in Parkinson’s disease, infertility, brain damage, and cancer.
So ditch the poisons and choose natural non-toxic cleaners, and equally effective methods of cleaning and corralling pests. You probably already have what you need in your kitchen to get started. Chewing down on organically grown food will cut out pesticides from your diet, as well.
Trees absorb heat-trapping carbon dioxide, hold soil together to prevent landslides, and provide a rich habitat for diverse plants and animals.
Choose furniture made from eco-friendly sources such as sustainable managed forests, bamboo, and reclaimed wood. Buying vintage wherever possible, rather than adding something new into the waste stream, is always in style. Also, look for furniture that is durable and likely long-lived-you’ll save money on replacements in the future and prevent more wasted materials from winding up in the landfill. And, if for some reason, that dresser or dining table no longer suits your needs, something in fine shape will always have takers via Craig’s List, eBay, or Freecycle.
President Bill Clinton announced two new partnerships to make green products more affordable and accessible to city governments and consumers across the United States. In response to growing demand, Clinton Climate Initiative will extend its programs and purchasing
consortium, which offers lower-cost green products from 25 manufacturers, to 1,100 cities in the US Conference of Mayors.
Installation of Solar Gard window film is included under the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, which was designed to help public entities lower their energy consumption. Solar Gard window film can be sized to fit any glass door or window. Now, all public organizations that have committed to reducing their carbon footprint can easily and cost-effectively fit Solar Gard window film into an overall strategy to reduce CO2 emissions. Because Solar Gard rejects solar energy, less energy is used to keep the interior temperature comfortable. Our window film provides an ideal solution on reducing your energy bill and keeping more money in your pocket.
Saving Every Last Drop:
Installation of low flow fixtures is an inexpensive way to modify water usage and see easy-to-quantify results. Other good starter projects include identifying and fixing leaks, changing processes that use excessive amounts of water, and training employees to report water-wasting situations within the facility.
Develop a baseline measurement of your water usage. Use water bills and meters to measure amounts of water consumption. water meter available online.
Reducing your carbon footprint is a necessary action in order to have an impact on saving our environment.