Small steps can make a big difference when it comes to living a more Eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. If you are a newbie to sustainable living, it can be intimidating. You might even think it's expensive and you have to run out and buy sustainable items. Here are some easy (and free!) tips to help you live green.
1. Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
According to energysage.com, “Phantom loads,” or the electricity used by electronics when they are turned off or in standby mode, are a major source of energy waste. In fact, it is estimated that 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off, which can cost you up to $200 per year. Smart power strips, also known as advanced power strips, eliminate the problem of phantom loads by shutting off the power to electronics when they are not in use. This tip not only helps the environment it helps save you money. It's a win for you and for the environment!
2. Stop paper bank and bill statements. Pay your bills online or via mobile app.
Surprisingly, it requires a lot of resources to deliver mail. Mail can contribute to a large carbon footprint. It takes about 30g of carbon dioxide (CO2) to deliver one piece of mail. And it takes about 4g of CO2 to send an email.
3. Air dry.
You can air dry you hair instead of using a blow dryer. And you can air dry your clothes instead of running the dryer. Appliances consume a lot of energy. By using them less, you can save energy and money. Air drying your clothes outside will give them a fresh clean scent.
4. Take shorter showers.
Take shorter showers to conserve water. Approximately 37% of the United States is currently under drought conditions. It's more important than ever to conserve water.
5. Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup.
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Single use plastic is really bad for the environment. You can help reduce plastic waste by using a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Using a refillable coffee and making coffee at home can help you save money.
Cheers to green living!