HAPPY EARTH DAY EARTHLINGS!
(Hahaha... I knoe, right? Apparently, no plans for today.)
Earth Day is held every 22nd day of April and it is a name used to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment.
Since it's Earth Day, let me share these easy to do eco-friendly activities that you can do in your house. Yeah right, you aren't required to go out somewhere and plant trees e? You can do it within the vicinity of your turf! There are plenty of little steps that people can do at home to help save the environment. And since they're too simple, then I think it can be done everyday and not just today! I knoe this may sound so dorky but hey, these simple things if done by all the people all over the world will then mean a lot.
- Turn off appliances when you are not using them. If you plan on being away from home for a lengthy amount of time, unplug major electronic appliances, such as computers, televisions, DVD players, etc.
- In countries with winter season, lower the thermostat by a few degrees in winter. An extra layer or blanket will not only keep you cozy but will help to reduce your electricity bill significantly.
- Use windows to regulate the temperature.
- Open the windows in summer. The cross breeze will often keep you cool and flushes out stale air (indoor air is often more highly polluted than the air outside). Importantly, the use of fresh air to cycle through your home saves the cost of running an air conditioner.
- Install ceiling fans so you can limit the use of air conditioning units to keep rooms comfortable in warm weather.
Switch to compound fluorescent lightbulbs. They last longer and consume one-quarter of the energy.
- Turn off the lights. Always turn off the lights when you are not using them. Rooms that are lit with nobody in them are wasteful.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle.We should sort our trash into paper, metals, glass, and organic waste. Set up four separate waste baskets, and make sure the contents end up in the appropriate recycle bins.
- Air dry your dishes. Stop the dishwasher before the dryer cycle commences. The drying cycle of the dishwasher consumes a lot of energy.
- Avoid creating Trash. Avoid disposable products, such as plates, cups, napkins and cutlery. Use reusable towels and dishwashing cloths in place of paper towels and disposable dish sponges.
- Update your refrigerator. Fridges are the most energy intensive appliance in a house. This means that a poorly maintained and energy inefficient fridge is costing you money, let alone adding its burden to the atmosphere. Recent fridges use 40% less energy than fridges of 10 years ago. If you do decide to upgrade the fridge, make sure that you buy for its excellent energy rating, longevity and durability and that you have the old fridge recycled.
- Prefer showers over baths. Showers use less water. Don't forget to install an efficient showerhead.
- On sunny days, use a clothes line instead of a clothes dryer. Your clothes will smell fresher and the sun's rays ensure that germs are successfully sizzled.
- Install low-flush toilets in your home. These use 1.6 gallons per flush, instead of 3.5 gallons, cutting water consumption by more than half.
- Use recycled paper in your home office and printer. Double side your printing and give scrap paper to the kids or turn it into note paper for the phone table.
- Turn off the computer when not in use. Even if it feels like it is not making much of a difference, it is. You also reduce any risks of overheating or shortcircuiting by turning computers off overnight.
- Leave the car at home. Let the car contribute less to the atmosphere by resting at home whenever possible. Walk to your local stores, take public transport to work and cycle to your friends' houses for dinner. Join a car pool and ferry others to work rather than driving in alone. You'll make new friends and you'll all share the costs.
- Buy a fuel-efficient car if you are changing cars. Choose a compact car over an SUV. SUVs burn almost twice the amount of gas as a station wagon and yet can still carry around the same amount of passengers.
- If you're really serious about going all-out green, consider living without a car -- not only it's green, but could also save you a lot of money!
- Keep your bike well maintained. Keep it in shape and then use it to keep yourself in shape.
- Dispose of workshop items with care. Old paints, oils, pesticides etc. should not be tipped down the drain - the residues end up in our waterways.
- Plant native species. They need less watering, are hardier (hence, less products needed to protect them) and they attract the local wildlife.
- Plant trees. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and provide shade. They provide homes for wildlife and some trees can provide you with a bountiful harvest. What more incentive do you need?!
- Compost. Compost the kitchen scraps and create beautiful garden matter to encourage better plant growth.
In making some small changes to the way that we do things at home, we are gradually making a difference, even as an individual. We will save on costs and improve our health at the same time! Let's save the environment!
I found this cool blog about saving our environment, discussing the effects of pollution and promoting awareness to our degrading environmental situation.
Do you have some more ideas on how we can actually save the environment?