It seems like every time you turn on the radio or TV someone is talking about green this or green that and they’re not talking about Kermit the Frog. What they’re talking about is becoming eco-friendly. We’ve done enough damage to our surroundings and it’s time for everyone to do their part by becoming eco-friendly.
Speaking of Kermit; Ford wanted a tie-in to being eco-friendly, or green conscious, so badly it wasn’t that long ago Kermit was hosting Ford’s commercials for their Hybrid Suv’s. Which is a good place to start our conversation regarding becoming eco-friendly.
The car you drive not only uses gas but it also emits a lot of pollution. Keeping the car you drive well maintained will not only get you better gas mileage but it will also help it to produce a whole lot less pollution. If you can afford it get a car that gets higher gas mileage, maybe even a hybrid.
When you need to run your errands try to group them together so you make fewer stops and your car doesn’t completely cool off between trips. The difference in the amount of harmful pollutants that a warm engine puts out compared to a cool one is rather significant.
Take a look around your house. You might be surprised if you counted up all the regular incandescent light bulbs you have. The compact florescent lights only use 20% of the power of a regular light and they last up to five times longer. Sure they cost a little more but the electric savings and long life more than make up for it.
Check with your local utility company to see if they have a light bulb exchange program. Most of them will have an exchange program several times a year. You can also look for energy efficient light bulbs at your local 99 cent store. Occasionally the utility company will underwrite the light bulbs being sold for almost nothing.
Another area that most people don’t even think about is drinking bottled water. Did you know that every single day over 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the United States?
It’s become such a problem for landfills that a number of cities across the US have already enacted laws forbidding their city from spending any money on bottled water. Some have even enacted a 5 cent tax per bottle to offset the expense and discourage the use.
Most people think that bottled water is a healthy alternative to tap water but after an exhaustive study the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report called “Bottled Water, Pure Water or Pure Hype?” The report goes on to point out that more than 60% of the bottled water out there wasn’t any better than plain old tap water.
Do yourself a favor: look into a whole house water filtration system. You won’t need bottled water anymore. Your water will be much better for you. You won’t be clogging up the landfills which will make you much more eco-friendly. If a whole house system isn’t an option for you than check out a counter top unit or under the counter unit.