The earth is the only home we have known so far, it is the source of the energy and all forms of life. Furthermore, this earth sustains us by providing water, food and other materials that we use to run our lives. However, in the recent days, the ability of the earth to provide for all our needs especially for near future is proving to be an uphill task. This is not only because of the population pressure but mainly due to misuse of resources and pollution.
To stop this trend several efforts have to be made to conserve our earth so that it continues providing for us. Did you know that your actions can help conserve the earth? Here are a few tips on how:
- Use the water dryer only when you have a full load. For a medium household, this could save over 1,000 gallons of water in a month.
- Collect rainwater and store it in rainwater barrels to use when watering your lawn. Develop the habit of watering your lawn early in the morning when it’s cooler or in the evening. Watering the lawn mid-day wastes a lot of water to evaporation.
- Shorten your shower by about 1 minute; this will save you about 150 gallons of water every month. Furthermore, shorter showers will mean less energy is used and your electric or gas bill will be cheaper.
- If using a dishwasher with a built-in dry option, skip the dry option and let your dishes air dry instead. This will save you lots of energy.
- Replace all your old incandescent light bulbs with the energy saving fluorescent LED bulbs. They may be expensive than the incandescent light bulbs but they will consume up to 75 % less energy and will last even longer.
- Turn off your computer when not using it. Unplug any appliances that are not being used. Plugged in appliances even if powered on continue to use electricity.
- Plant trees around your house; they will provide shade for your home and can save you a lot of money you could have spent on air conditioning.
- Close vents and doors to unused rooms in your house. This will help to conserve energy that could have otherwise been used to heat the unused rooms.
- Use reusable cloth bags or totes when shopping at your local grocery store. Avoid using plastic bags as they degrade the environment and paper bags take too many trees out of our environment yearly.
- If you have to print any document, opt for double-sided printing whenever possible. Otherwise, advocate for paperless documents to save the millions of trees that are cut every year to make printing paper.
- If possible, buy used furniture and remodel it to fit your requirements. This will not only save more trees from being cut but can also save you some cash.
- Opt to buy a ceramic coffee mug for your daily cup of coffee instead of using the disposable cups. This you will avoid creating waste daily by disposing the used cups.