Global warming is a fact. Many people find it very easy to ignore, but on the other hand a large number of people are actually taking notice and trying to do what they can to reduce its negative impact on the environment. It’s really easy to make simple changes to the way you live in order to reduce your carbon footprint.
Begin by localising your purchases. If you procure things that were produced close to where you dwell (your city or country) then you are aptly reducing the amount of things that have to be brought in from further distances. Another thing that can be done is to purchase organic products. By using pure products, you can lessen the amount of deleterious chemicals that are used.
When you go shopping, take your own basket or plastic shopping bag with you. Plastic is better than paper, and cloth is better than plastic. By taking fairly from home, you can lessen wastage and saving the ambience. In addition, when buying products, look at their packaging and opt for products that do not have wasteful packaging with them, for example, instead of buying plastic wrapped vegetables on an individual basis, purchase them loose and unwrapped.
Stop drinking bottled water. The bottles are made in one place, shipped to another place where bottling process undergoes and then circulated. Opt to take your own refillable water bottle with you, and fill it from home or your workplace water dispensers. If easily accessible, choose to find filtered water with your meal instead of bottled water.
Go through your home with a technician and make certain you aren’t leaking power. Look for cracks in and about window and doorframes. When you’re not at home, turn the heating or cooling off, or have it on a time-specific thermostat. Use glowing lights as an alternative of luminous ones as they use 75% less power and last longer.
When buying plants for your house, procure ones that develop in the natural ambience in your city or country instead of buying extraordinary plants that is shipped in from far off. Also, prefer to employ local and pure soil when gardening.
If you need to travel, try to travel via bus or train as they use less energy and fuel. If you cannot travel by bus or train, use air, but make sure you try and take a direct flight instead of one with a lot of connections.
When you are away on holidays, make sure you unplug all appliances at home so that they do not use energy. These include televisions, mobile chargers, kitchen appliances, and any other thing that is plugged in to a power socket. Even when they are on standby, they use a small amount of energy, which can accumulate a lot over time. Also, put your water heater on sleep mode so that it warms, but does not heat your water supply while you are away.
When doing the laundry, prefer to employ the lowest warmth you can for the wash. Same goes for the dishwasher and your showers. It takes a lot of power to heat up water.
Originally posted 2009-04-28 10:03:48.