There are many ways we can help the environment. Sometimes they are pretty tough to implement. When you have nothing else to cook food other than burning coal, then you can’t stop burning coal. There are certain ways you, as an average city dweller, can do. This post is about those techniques, here are 25 everyday techniques to save the environment.
Charity begins at home, you start today, your neighbor starts tomorrow and the whole city starts doing this sooner than you realize, how about that? No, I can’t be that optimistic; but what’s the harm in throwing the idea around?
Are you in it?
A baby step from all of us can make a sea change in the environment.
Let our leaders come out of environmental protection agreements, let them neglect the environment for the sake of cheap votes.
If you can help them getting voted out of power, then that will be your biggest contribution!
In a personal front, you don’t keep quiet either, do something today, whatever you can, and let’s make this planet a better one for our children.
Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find. ~ Quoted in Time
Various ways you can help save our environment
Steps to limit pollutants we create
We all pollute the environment we live in, I do, and your dog does too. It’s very much in our control to reduce this pollution.
1. Use your voting power – Use your biggest power to save the environment. No matter what effort you bring on. Unless there’s a governmental level policy change, the world’s climate is not going to improve much. Unfortunately, we have political leaders who deny climate change. But very soon we will lose a vast amount of landmass to the rising seas, these leaders don’t believe it. Let’s vote them out of power. Let us handover the planet to leaders who work for the environment. This is the single most significant technique to save our environment.
2. Stop using bottled water. This may be very hard for many, I understand. If it’s not that hard for you, start using re-usable materials and fill it up every time.
3. Stop smoking. Smoking creates pollution inside of your body and for the people around you. Even after hours of smoking, your kids can be recipients of the harmful effects of your nicotine consumption.
“The pollution caused by cigarettes does not stop in our bodies or the air around us; it also affects the land we live on and the water that we drink. Millions of cigarette butts are discarded on to the ground every day“.
4. Use less electricity. There are various options to save on electricity, I can write an entire post about this. The easiest of the ways is to use a fan instead of an AC if you can. Air drying clothes, letting sunlight come in the winter, and blocking it in the summer are other easy options to try out at your home.
5. Use less gas. Bike to work, carpooling is the easier option you can try. There are various other effective ways to save on gas.
6. Recycle. Recycle often. Don’t just throw your old electronics and batteries to trash. Make use of local free recycling facilities. Dispose of your plastic containers as well by separating them from normal trash.
7. Use reusable shopping bags. It was my wife’s idea to start using reusable bags. They are made of cloth and need cleaning once a week. We eliminated a lot of plastics from our life this way. You can do the same.
8. Buy fresh local produce. Whenever you have the option to buy from the farmer’s market or local grocers, give it a preference for buying local. Processed goods take a lot of energy, first for processing part and then, the fuel consumption in transportation.
9. Save water. Sweetwater is a scarce resource and it’s being depleted at a greater pace than earth is replenishing it. There are various ways to save water in everyday use from fixing leaky outlets to adjusting the timers on sprinklers.
10. Go paperless, save the environment. Sure you can’t stop advertisement leaflets coming into your mailbox (shouldn’t there be an environmental law to ban this practice, or at least, be made it mandatory to use recycled paper?) but, you can control the statements, updates, and notices which you get from your financial institutions.
Select paperless as the mode of communication. Mostly all of them support this. It’s high time that all govt. agencies implement this too.
11. Use ceramic cups. Instead of plastic, paper, or Styrofoam, the ceramic cups can be used over and over. This reduces the impact on the environment and your budget.
12. Print less. Unless it’s necessary to print, refrain from doing so. When you do have to print, consider printing on both sides of the paper.
13. Buy items with recycled materials. For example, you can get two types of coffee cups. One with fresh paper and one with recycled paper. You can identify by reading the label on the pack.
14. Reuse and repurpose. Whenever possible, re-use the containers, cartons, and envelopes. Oh, your tooth-brush as well! For cleaning my sports shoes, I use old toothbrushes, it goes into the grooves perfectly. Here are 30 ways to reuse bottles and containers.
15. Use energy-efficient items. In the long run, these save a lot of money and energy. Bulbs, use LED bulbs, even fluorescent light bulbs consume 1/3rd (or lesser) of the energy of incandescent light bulbs. For other equipment like AC, refrigerator, washer, etc buy Energy Star appliances.
16. Use clothes more than paper. clothes are better than environment paper. Reduce paper usage by using cloths to wipe your hands or the things you normally wipe with paper towels. My home is paper towel free and I use old dresses to make wipe cloths. Do you know something called a handkerchief?
17. Use the microwave. I am not sure if you can bake cakes in a microwave. Last time I checked, my wife also didn’t know. But, she could tell me 100′s of other dishes that can be cooked in a microwave. Use microwave more often to reduce your carbon footprints.
18. Leak-proof your home. Save the environment by making your home leak proof. Ensure you are not losing warmth or cool through leakages, by having your home properly insulated and window and door seals checked. By doing so, you are saving energy and money.
19. Replace air filters. AC air filters for your home and car, if replaced regularly, can save a lot of energy which in turn can save you money.
20. Consume less. This is for your financial good as well. Live simply, use your furniture and clothes until they can’t be used anymore. If possible, check out used items on Craigslist or garage sales.
Steps to absorb pollutants already created
21. Plant trees. Your garden/patio or balcony, do you have space anywhere? Grow plants, grow flowers, and attract honey bees wherever you find a place for a pot. If you have a garden, you can go on a green mission by planting as many trees as your yard or garden permits. A good-looking home and a better place to live, for sure!
22. Donate to organizations that help to plant more trees and work towards a better planet. I am a member of Fairchild Botanical Garden, here in Miami, FL. My membership dues go to green causes.
23. Pickup and deposit pollutants. Whether at home, at work, at a local supermarket, or while running or jogging, if you find a pollutant like plastic or Styrofoam on your way, pick it up and put in a nearby trash bin.
24. Volunteer in anti-pollution drives. Many cities here in south Florida organize periodic beach cleaning events. Thousands of volunteers donate their time towards these large-scale environmental cleaning events. Check-in your local area for opportunities like this.
25. Have indoor plants. Indoor plants and aquatic plants (in aquariums) are very efficient in cleaning the inside air pollution of our homes. Think about it, by spending a little money to green up our homes we are improving our health as well. In the long run, these efforts should pay off in terms of better health.
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26. Drive a clean car If a vehicle emission check is not mandatory in your state, you may still go for one. If there’s a problem it can be fixed. Another way to contribute similarly is to report smoke emitting vehicles. On searching for your local DMV or city website, you may locate to report a violation.
27. Make better use of your recycled garbage bin. If possible have two different trash cans at your home. Sometimes not all recyclable materials are put into the recycle bin. Even if you can save one piece of paper from being dumped without getting recycled, you have contributed to environmental protection.
I hope you enjoyed this article and you’ll start practicing a technique or two in your daily routine. If not all, you can easily follow a few.
I know, only a few of us practicing green living won’t change the environment around us. Still, I would like to wake up to a tomorrow where the earth is cleaner and the environment is safer to live. I dream on…