4 easy steps to make your house greener
Small acts can make a big difference when it comes to greening your home.
Monday, November 1, 2010 - 10:26
Making Halloween greener is a fun and simple thing to do, and making our daily lives greener is just as easy. Becoming more environmentally conscious starts at the home, where there are many opportunities to reduce one's carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
1) Save water for the fishes. Turning off the faucet whenever it is not in use, especially when brushing your teeth, will save a lot of energy and water. If the faucet runs for just five minutes it will use as much energy as a 60-watt light bulb that runs for 14 hours!
2) Turn down the heat. Regulating the heating and cooling system in the home will save a lot of energy. During the colder winter months, make sure to turn down the thermostat, and during the warmer winter months make sure to turn up the thermostat by a few degrees. It is not only the green thing to do, but it will also save you some green!
3) Reusable items. Reduce the amount of plastic consumption by using reusable bags and drinking from reusable water bottles. Plastic is made from petroleum and contributes to climate change and the accumulation of greenhouse gases. Using reusable products is a very simple step to take in decreasing your carbon footprint!
4) Junk mail. Get rid of that junk mail! Approximately 4.5 million tons of junk mail is produced each year! 44 percent of all this junk mail ends up in the trash and it takes about 100 million trees to produce all of the unnecessary mail. One simple phone call and you can save 560 pieces of junk mail from being shipped out in a year.
The small things will make the biggest difference. As the Swiss philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel said, "What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning, the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of a gangrene, of a storm, of a revolution."
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