What can you really do to save the earth? Saving the world is everyone’s responsibility. You may have read my colleague Arushi Sana’s articles on sustainable living via incorporating an eco-friendly initiative. They are eye-opening, and you should definitely check it out. All of us must contribute some effort to make a better tomorrow. If you do not know how to start, follow these simple tips.
- Running faucet: Turn off the running tap when you brush your teeth in the morning. Believe it or not, if you indeed leave the water running for four minutes, you waste up to twenty gallons of water.
- Yes, turn off your light: This is an age-old tip that still holds. When you don’t need it, it truly makes sense to turn off your light bulb. If you have a normal incandescent bulb at your house, you should change it to a compact fluorescent bulb. Believe it or not, it is good for the environment, and it can also save you a lot of money. Although a fluorescent bulb may appear expensive, energy experts confirm that you will save more money with a new fluorescent bulb long term. Even though incandescent bulbs may be cheaper, they will burn out often. Furthermore, a fluorescent bulb will only use a quarter of energy to generate the same amount of light.
- Turn down the heat: If you are compelled to turn on the heater in the winter, you should set it at 120-135 degrees. Try to put on a thicker blanket or jacket when you go to bed. You may not even need your heater.
- Recycle: Recycle newspapers, plastic, cans, or glass. Learn about your local recycling facilities. Recycle whenever you can.
- Carry cloth shopping bags: Simple cloth shopping bags are better than plastic shopping bags for the environment.
- Alert everyone around you about the environment: If you have kids, you should teach them about recycling. Teach them to love the environment.
However, there are a few more simple yet practical things you can do to save the earth.
- Reduce meat intake. Meat is not needed in your diet. Replace meat with vegan alternatives.
- Stop driving everything, use public transport, or best walk. Walk and cycle. Vehicles are the biggest compromise to our air, remember that.
- Do you know that 45% of the world’s commercially cut timber is used exclusively for paper? This endangers natural habitats and uses a ton of water. Reduce your paper utilization. Go digital.
- Don’t use paper napkins. While it may be difficult to cut out your use of paper napkins altogether, everyone taking one less napkin for each employ can save millions of pounds of waste per year.
- Don’t buy new products. There is nothing wrong with buying second-hand machinery or electronics, particularly if it works properly.
Now You Know. Thank you, and Happy Earth Day.