Climate change is a big problem, and we all need to do our part to fight it. However, there are ways to combat it that aren’t big, expensive gestures. Sometimes it’s the little things that can add up over the years. If you want to start being more eco-friendly, here are some simple things you can start doing today.
Day 1: Recycle Your Old Electronics (and Batteries)
You’re probably already recycling your newspapers, aluminum cans, and bottles, but when you upgrade your electronics you need to responsibly dispose of the models you’re no longer using. The EPA has resources on its site to help you find local recyclers for electronic waste (as well as batteries) to keep them out of landfills.
Day 2: Use Cold Water When You Can
While no one wants to take a cold shower, running cold water to wash the dishes, or to clean your clothes, can save a lot of energy. It won’t start-up your water heater, and you get the same, clean results without burning additional fuel.
Day 3: Don’t Pre-Rinse if You Don’t Have To
Speaking of doing dishes, in the old days, you had to pre-rinse your dishes to make sure the dishwasher could handle what was left. With modern appliances, though, that isn’t really a necessity. So if you have a powerful dishwasher, just scrape the plate clean, and let the machine do its job. There’s no reason to waste extra water to clean a plate twice.
Day 4: Call To Switch To Green Energy
While most apartment dwellers can’t just put solar panels on their roofs, what you can do is contact your utility company to see if there’s a green energy program. Enrolling in it will help generate more green energy, and ensure you’re doing your part to leave fossil fuels behind.
Day 5: Use The Library
Borrowing books, DVDs, and other resources from your local library saves a lot of demand for paper, plastic, and other resources. Especially now that so many libraries allow you to automatically download ebooks and audiobooks, you can get fresh entertainment straight from your couch, without the need to spend money or use up resources.
These are just a few, simple things you can do to live a greener life. For more eco-friendly tips, simply contact us today!