We Can All Live Green
The environmental problems we are experiencing today need immediate attention if we want a safe place for our children to live. Everyone needs to wake up and see what is happening around them before it’s too late. Stop taking the planet we live on for granted. Therefore, everyone starts small and you need to have self –commitment and dedications to do your part. Look around you, many people already have the awareness and desire to do something. Step up now and start living green so we all can benefit from this plant and have a future for our families.
Saving resources is the first commitment you need to make to help save the environment. One of the major reasons, for global warming is the overuse of our resources. If you do your part to use fewer resources like water, fuel, and electricity you help in the efforts to save the planet. Look around you, everyone is doing their part for the environment. Now it is your turn. How can you help save resources around your home?
- Don’t put your computer or other equipment on standby mode. If you are done using it, turn it off.
- Unplug your electrical appliances that you are not using.
- Open your curtains during the day to let the sun in. Especially during cooler months and winter. The sun helps heat your home and you won’t have to use your lights during the day.
- In the summer months keep your curtain closed to help keep your house cooler.
- When you are finished using the lights in your living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom turn them off when you leave.
- At night don’t sleep with the lights on. Small children are sometimes afraid of the dark and parents leave the light on. Instead of leaving the lights on open the curtain to allow the light from the street lamps or moon to enter the room.
- If you don’t have a full dishwasher load, wash your dishes by hand.
- Never wash one or two items in your washing machine, wash them by hand.
- Leave your car at home if you are only going a few blocks to the store.
- Don’t use your car to go two blocks down the road to pick up your son or daughter.
- Join a car pool for work.
- Buy a bicycle to use for going to the grocery stores, bank. Post office, and to visit friends that don’t live far.
- Try to use the public transportation more often.
- Use the cold water setting on your washing machine when washing your clothes.
- Turn your heater down when you are not home.
- During the summer, set your heater control to 50 degrees.
- Lower the temperature of your heater 10 to 15 degrees at night when you sleep.
- Check the pipes in your home for leaks and change out old pipes for new ones.
- Water your yard with your garden hose and don’t use your sprinklers.
- Stop taking 30 minute showers and start taking 5 to 7 minute showers.
- Stop running your dishwasher when it is half full. Wait for a full load before turning it on.
- Stop washing a few items in your washing machine. Wait till you have a full load before washing your clothes.
- Don’t leave the water running when you are cooking or washing dishes. Fill your dish pan with water to wash your dishes.
- Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth.
These are just a few ways to start saving energy and natural resources. There are many things you can do around your home to follow the 3 R’s. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Caring for our environment is easy, but takes dedication. Before you throw anything away, consider if you can reuse it someplace else. Make sure all items you throw away can’t be recycled or reused. Each small step everyone makes has a global effect on us tomorrow. Remember, everything starts small and then grows. Do your part to help save the environment and make it a safe place for everyone to live.
About Julie Sinclair
Julie is a retired teacher who loves the outdoors. Julie plants vegetables and herbs. Julie loves saving the planet from chemicals and pollutions. Julie finds uses for all her recycled goods.