In today’s society “going green” seems to be the buzz word of the year. It’s important to take personal responsibility for our individual part in helping the environment. Every small change helps enormously. Take the first step with these 5 easy tips.
1. Stop Junk Mail
Think about how much mail you receive every day that goes straight into the trash. It’s not only a hassle but a waste of needed resources. You’ll not only be saving yourself time, but trees too! Give the company a call and let them know you want off the mailing list, a simple but often overlooked solution. Check out this site for more specific ways to stop junk mail.
2. Give Up Bottled Water
Every year almost 30 billion plastic water bottles are sold in the US. Even when recycled, this bad habit takes a toll on our environment. Instead, buy a cute stainless steel water bottle. It’ll save you money and keep your water cooler.
3. Buy The Right Bulb
The transition from incandescent light bulbs to halogens can be easy and gradual. Start with just one lamp and whenever a light goes out just replace it with a halogen light bulb instead. Halogens are not only cheaper than incandescents, but more efficient. We’re partial to the current mood light craze!
4. Pull The Plug
Even when you’re not using them, plugged in appliances continue to use energy. Cell phone chargers, laptops, and even your microwave can be unplugged and plugged back in before use. This small step can make a big difference, including in your electric bill.
5. Seal Things Up
Air can leak from below your door, cracks around your windows and electric outlets. Fortunately, these leaks can be sealed up easily with weatherstripping. Consider hiring a home energy rater to help you find the places air is leaking out.
Take small steps today for a greener tomorrow!