Here are a few ways to some dollars while conserving the environment? From opting for a shower instead of a bath to supplying your own reusable bags at the grocery store, you can prevent waste and pollution. Living Earth offers a few tips to have you living greener in no time.
1. Turn it down. Turning your thermostat down just two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
2. Turn it off. Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of electricity use in office buildings. Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you’re leaving any room for 15 minutes or more. The same goes for electronics; switch off power strips and unplug electrical devices when you’re not using them.
3. Turn on the cold water. Using cold water can save up to 80 percent of the energy required to wash clothes. Choosing a low setting on the washing machine will also help save water.
4. Turn to e-billing. In the United States, paper products make up the largest percentage of municipal solid waste, and hard copy bills alone generate almost 2 million tons of CO2. Save paper by signing up for e-billing.
5. Turn to buying local. In North America, fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1,500 miles before reaching your plate. Buy fresh, local food to eliminate the long distances traveled and preserve nutrients and flavor.
6. Turn to recycling You can recycle green waste, plastic bottles, paper, electronics, and batteries, among other items. Learn how to properly dispose of or recycle these products and reduce consumer waste.