Virtually every day we are reminded by the media of the problem of pollution – which we have caused – and the direct result thereof, global warming. Some of you may feel compelled to do something but you may not know what to do or where to start. Well, you don’t have to go out saving whales or putting out forest fires to provide assistance, you only need to simply follow several simple tips to make a difference! A number of small easy things you can do are listed below.
1. Never use a desktop computer when a laptop is available
Whatever they do these days, most people likely use a computer a lot. Given that laptops are fifty percent more energy efficient, always look to use a laptop instead of a standard PC. There are also other benefits of working on laptops; they are portable, allowing you to work wherever you are and they’re cheaper.
2. Try not to drive, walk instead
One of the first things that come to mind when I think of pollution is vehicle. Cars are big polluters as they burn fuel, causing toxic gases to be released into the air. The volume of gases from automobiles poisoning the air daily is great, given the vast number of cars in use globally. To make less of an adverse impact on the environment, we must try walking instead of driving. Try walking whenever the opportunity presents itself, but don’t beat yourself up if it just isn’t possible. If you need to go to the local shops walk instead of drive. Walking can help you relax, great for your health as well as that of the earth, and save you a bit of money in the process.
3. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth
We use water all the time, from cooking to washing to keeping radiators warm so it’s no wonder so much of it is wasted daily. When brushing your teeth you should turn the tap off, otherwise you’ll be wasting a lot of water. Think about it: you should brush your teeth for two minutes and in two minutes a great deal of water will be wasted down the drain. Prepare for brushing and economize water by putting a sufficient amount for rinsing in a glass in advance.
4. Avoid taking long baths, have a quick shower
Take a shower instead of a bath, because it’s been proven to be more efficient in terms of both water and energy consumption. Just keep in mind not to luxuriate in the shower; stay for too long and you’re back to wasting water. Make certain you shower quickly or else you won’t be saving water!
5. Be aware of lights turned on when not needed
If you are going out of a room, don’t leave the light on. What’s the point of illuminating a room when it’s empty? Doing this is not merely advantageous to the environment, but also to your pocket book. And switch the lights off when the sun is bright outside; you should have adequate natural light inside.