5 Tips To Go Green At Home
Pollution, energy consumption, climate change, greenhouse gasses, are few of the environmental problems we encounter almost everyday. Private companies together with government agencies and non-profit organization are working hand in hand to address these problems. Management approaches, community-based projects, and collaborative directives have been established to address environmental issues.
The key is to minimize consumption and reduce waste generation. The question is, how? As a citizen we don’t need to be affiliated with non-profit organizations like the United Nations or we don’t have to work for the government to be a part of environmental initiatives. There are simple ways we can practice at home to go green, these are:
1. Conserve Water.
• Shorten your shower. Roughly 5 gallons of water is what you can reduce every minute you cut from your shower.
2. Bring your own bag.
This will not only save you from carrying too many shopping bags, you can also let your children participate in reminding you to carry a bag before you go to the grocery. In this way, you can give them awareness at their young age that they can contribute as well.
3. Reduce Energy Consumption.
• Turn of the lights. An easy habit anyone in the family can practice.
• Unplug electrical devices not being used.
• Turn down your thermostat. It has been found that for a few degrees lower in the winter and a few higher during summer will minimize heating and cooling costs.
4. Reduce Gasoline Consumption
Walking and biking are better options if your destination is not that far. It is a common knowledge that cars and automobiles are sources of air pollution. Cutting down on gas will not only reduces the nitrous oxides in the atmosphere, we can contribute in reducing asthma cases in adults and children as well.
5. Eat better
• Patronize locally made and produced products. The income will go to the local economy.
• Minimize and avoid throwing of food leftovers. In the other half of the world, there are people who are suffering from hunger.
Addressing environmental problems and issues is not only the works of the experts. If we work together, we can achieve a better outcome. Floods, tsunamis, and natural disasters are nature’s way of telling us that something has to be addressed. If we try to practice little things to go green at home, we contribute to environmental conservation and we impart environmental awareness to the children as well.
World Watch Institute. http://www.worldwatch.org