There are a number of excuses for not trying to live a greener life. Living green has become a popular idea as of late but many people assume that it takes a lot of spare time to care about waste and our environment. Everyone is so busy these days they are doing taking advantage of our earth because they don’t have the time to consider what they are doing. Here are a list of little things that everyone can do to help our environment, cut down on waste, and even save you a little money. Everything here can be done without spending more than 5 minutes a week.
Put a Water Bottle in Your Toilet Tank
In the average home, the toilet accounts for 28% of water use. Weight a bottle with an inch or so of sand or pebbles and fill it the rest the way with water. Seal it and place in your toilet tank away for the operating mechanisms. You will be saving water on every flush! Make sure there is at least 3 gallons of water left to ensure proper toilet use. Most toilets have more than enough room unless they are already low flow.
Switch to Low Energy Florescent Bulbs
Compact florescent bulbs can replace incandescent light bulbs in almost every instance. A 22 watt compact florescent has about the same light output as a 100 watt incandescent and use 50-80% less energy. They are a little more expensive but last up to 4 times longer and save electricity which saves you money on your monthly bill.
Totally Shut Down Appliances
Up to 10% of your monthly electric bill could be attributed to appliances on ‘stand by’ or not in use. These are electric gadgets that are turned of at the switch but not at the plug. Standard televisions are use between 5 and 20 watts while not in use. The same for dvd players and stereo. Your entertainment system could be using 100 watts or more while everything is seemingly off. To stop this energy drain try putting all of your gadgets on a power strip or surge protector strip. Simple shut of the switch on the strip when not in use. Also, it always makes sense to shut off the lights and televisions in a room when not in it.
This is an old one. It doesn’t take long to put a box next to the garbage for cans. While your at it put a box there for paper, too. When my family began recycling we cut our refuse down from 3 bags of trash a week to 1 bag, sometimes not even a full bag. It doesn’t take any extra time, you were going to have to walk to the trash can to throw away your can anyway. It doesn’t end at home. If you work doesn’t have a recycling program suggest one.
Individually Wrapped Food
Stop and really think about how much waste is created by individually wrapped American cheese slices. If you stop buying items that are packaged individually you could significantly cut down on the waste you create in the first place. Buy in bulk when you know you are going to use it.
There are just a few ways, with minimal effort, you can be on your way to living a little greener. If you are looking for a larger step consider composting with fermentation or worm farms. If you have the financial stability consider investing in a tank-less water heater or solar voltaic panels.