by Discount Power On Sep 1 2015
It’s not easy being green: or is it? People can tend to envision “going green” as a massive lifestyle overhaul; like they’ll suddenly have to buy an electric car or start growing their own vegetables. In reality, just a few small changes here and there can end up making a difference. Here are five simple ways to go green and do your part to help our planet:
1. Use fluorescent.
Perhaps the simplest change to make is merely upgrading your light bulbs to the compact fluorescent variety. It’s estimated that if every household in the United States replaced one regular light bulb with a fluorescent, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.
2. Wash your clothes in cold or warm water.
If every household in the U.S. did their laundry on a cold or warm wash cycle as opposed to hot, we could save as much energy as 100,000 barrels of oil can provide. Besides, it’s better for your clothes and will keep the colors brighter for longer.
3. Let your clothes air dry.
Washers and dryers use more energy than any other appliance in your home. Skip the dryer altogether and cut the amount of energy you use drastically. As an added bonus your clothes will last longer and fit better.
4. Shower more often.
Baths require almost double the amount of water used in a shower. If you really can’t live without taking a bubble bath every now and then, try to limit yourself. You might not miss them as much when you see that you’re saving money on the costs associated with heating bath water.
5. Eat local as much as possible.
Buying products from local purveyors is more than just trendy. Think about how far your food has to travel when it’s imported from other countries, and then consider the amount of pollution caused by the planes, ships and trucks needed for transport.
As you can see, going green doesn’t always have to be about big changes; you can do small things to do your part to make our planet a better place, and save some energy while you’re at it. Let us know how you’ve already “gone green” by joining the conversation on Twitter @DiscountPowerTX.