10 Ways to Save the Planet

  1. Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Changing the type of light bulbs you use doesn’t seem like something that would have a very big impact, but it is!  Not only will this help the environment, it will save you money both at the checkout and on your light bill. Replacing a single light bulb can have tremendous effects.  If every house in America replaced just one lightbulb, it would reduce pollution by the same amount as removing one million cars from the road!

2. Always Recycle Glass

Did you know that unrecycled glass can take up to a million years to decompose?  Recycle your glass whenever you can. It can reduce relation water and air pollution by up to fifty percent and twenty percent, respectively.

3. Have a Vegetarian Day

You don’t have to give up meat for life, but try to commit to one meat free day a week.  It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. And every hamburger that comes from animals on ex-forestry ground is responsible for the destruction of fifty-five square feet of forest.

4. Launder Sensibly

If you can at all avoid it, don’t wash half loads.  Wait until there’s enough dirty laundry to fill a whole load and cut the amount of laundry you do in half.  Also, think about the water temperature. If every household in America switched from a hot to a warm cycle, it could save the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil a day.

5. Turn off the Tap When Brushing

Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save five gallons of water per day, per person – the equivalent of 1.5 billion gallons of water across the nations.

6. Shorten Your Shower Time

Shortening your shower time by just two minutes per shower can save more than ten gallons of water – something that is very important for desert states like our own.  If everyone just saved one gallon, it would be two times more water saved than is currently drawn daily from the Great Lakes. Now multiply that by ten!

7. Use Cruise Control

There are more benefits to your car’s cruise control feature than just convenience.  Using cruise control helps to improve your mileage by up to 15%, which in the process will save the environment, gasoline, and your wallet.

8. Turn off the Lights When You’re Not in the Room

Why light a room that’s not being used?  Save the energy and your wallet by getting into the habit of switching off the lights when you leave the room.  For standard bulbs, do this every time you leave a room. For energy savers, do this if you are leaving the room for more than fifteen minutes.  You will also save on your cooling costs, as lights can make your rooms hotter!

9. Don’t Throw it Away

You know the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”?  Well, its true. Don’t throw away perfectly good things just because you’re tired of them, or no longer have use for them.  Instead, donate them to a local charity shop, or list them on a free collection site online.

10. Don’t Use Plastic Shopping Bags

Plastic bags are not biodegradable, nor are they recyclable.  They sit in landfills, where they end up polluting the ocean and infiltrating food sources.  Buy stronger, reusable bags.

-Joshua Neal

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