Although you might think that your actions alone can’t save the environment, if we all take small measures, we can make a positive impact. You don’t have to radically alter your way of life to make Mother Earth a healthier planet. Below are outlined a few simple ways that you can help the environment without exerting much effort, time or money.
Eat Less Meat
Though most people don’t know it, they can help the planet by eating vegetarian meals. Cattle require significant amounts of land and water in comparison to plants. Over 2,000 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of beef. It is also true that forests are being cleared out to raise livestock. According to www.50waystohelp.com, 55 square feet of forest land is destroyed to create a single hamburger from a cow that lives on rainforest land.
Turn Electronic Equipment off When Not in Use
Always turn electronics off when you aren’t using them. If the television, lights, computer and printer aren’t being used, don’t leave them on. Be sure to utilize timers on lamps so that they can be turned off at pre-selected times. By leaving electronic items plugged in, they consume what is known as “phantom” energy. This means that electricity is still being used even though you aren’t utilizing the electronic devices. If you don’t want to turn off each individual electronic appliance in a room, plug them in to a power strip and flip the strip’s power switch when leaving the room. When you return, just flip the power strip’s switch back on. This will also save you money on your utility bills. According to www.50waystohelp.com, simply turning off your computer instead of putting it to “sleep” will reduce power consumption by 40 watt hours a day. This not only helps the environment but it saves you nearly $15 per year.
Utilize Recycling Services
If you have extra scrap metal or lead acid batteries, donate them to General Recycling Industries Ltd in Edmonton. Not only will you be able to clear out some space, you’ll also be able to help the environment by making sure that these items are recycled for future use. Offloading assistance is available and bin service is provided for industrial clients.
Don’t Use the Dryer
Instead of eating up a bunch of power with a dryer, hang your washed clothes and towels on an old fashioned clothesline. Or, hang them around your home or apartment on hooks, chair backs and other surfaces by windows. A tumble dryer is one of the largest energy eaters in the home, coming in just behind the air conditioner and the fridge.
You don’t have to compromise your lifestyle to make a difference. Be the change that you want to see in the world and encourage your friends and family to do the same. If we all follow the advice listed above, we can make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.