Uses recycled paper products as much as possible and bring your own bags to the store when shopping to lessen the dependence on plastics which is proving to have more impacts on all the world’s ecosystems. Air conditioners also consume more power if they are dirty and have clogged filters. Have them cleaned regularly and checked for leaks to assure you don’t dump banned CFC’s into the environment. There is also a move to switch to on-demand heaters that don’t have storage tanks that have water that is constantly maintained to a specified temperature. These storage heaters use electricity throughout the day as they try to maintain the temperature of the water that is stored within them.
Showering is said to be a common source of wasted water so take shorter ones and install a low flow head that allows for the same effect without the need for more water. When buying stuff from stores, buy stuff that is minimally bagged or packaged to lessen the use of plastics which is tough in protecting the product stored within them yet tough on the environment as well. When heading for the car dealer, try to get hold of hybrids if they are available, they are getting better and cheaper and you might also get to save on taxes and toll fees in the long run. When parking while waiting, turn the engine off for an idling the engine wastes gasoline. Turn the windows down for fresh air instead of the AC. Plant trees on vacant lots and other useless spaces to get more of these carbon dioxide sucking organisms eating away at the CO2 we expel.
Originally posted on April 7, 2008 @ 1:43 am