The new buzz among right thinking citizens of our planet is ‘Going Green’. Faced with ecological disaster arising out of thoughtless development and unsustainable lifestyles, people all over the globe are realizing that if they do not make changes in their lifestyle and the way they use the natural resources of the planet, Mother earth may soon become incapable of supporting life. Phrases such as global warming, groundwater depletion and carbon footprint have crept into our daily lexicon as organizations and governments struggle to deal with a crisis of man’s own making.
What is going green? Is it something that applies only to governments and developmental policies? Are there things that you and I can do to help in this regard? How does the common man go green? Here are three simple steps that you can take in your daily living to contribute to a greener and cleaner future.
1. Use Water prudently
Most people are unaware of the ways that water gets wasted in a household. Run your washing machines and dishwashers only when you have a full load. Use a bucket and cloth to wash your car instead of hosing it down. Turn the shower off when you are soaping up. Don’t leave the tap running when you are brushing your teeth. Check all leaky taps and faucets and get them fixed. Use toilet fixtures that are water conservation friendly. Use water that you have used for washing produce to water your garden. Use open areas in your home to collect rainwater and use them for cleaning and gardening purposes.
2. Reduce your electricity consumption
Generation and transmission of electricity places a huge stress on the planet’s energy resources, be they renewable or non-renewable. Most people do not realize this as they relate only to what they have to pay as the cost of electricity. Turn off lights when not in use. Replace conventional light bulbs with energy efficient CFL bulbs. Cut back on your air cooling and room heating temperatures by a couple of degrees. Turn off appliances from the main power outlet instead of keeping them on standby. Unplug your cell phone chargers when you are not using them.
3. Save Gas by Driving Efficiently
Drive at a consistent speed. Excessive acceleration and deceleration leads to fuel wastage. Keep your tires inflated to the recommended pressure as this will reduce drag and give you better mileage. Avoid braking unnecessarily as you will lose momentum that you have already spent gas to build up. Keep your tank full in warm weather so that you don’t lose gas in the form of vapor in the empty space in your tank. Turn off the engine at red lights instead of idling. Use downward inclines to your advantage by shifting into neutral instead. Change into higher gears at the bottom range of the recommended speed rather than at the top of the range. Empty your car of all unnecessary items so that you reduce the load on the engine. Join a carpool. If there is no carpool in your neighborhood, start one yourself. Club trips together instead of making multiple trips.
The most effective tool for going green is awareness. Awareness not only reduces the damage being caused to the environment but also makes familiar with the steps that you can take to prevent it. As you study the impact of human behavior on the environment, you will find more and more ways that you can reduce that impact by making small changes to your daily life. The concept of downshifting to a simpler and greener lifestyle becomes easier and more satisfying as you start applying it. Start with small steps and you will gradually find more ways in which you can save the future of the planet.
About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on luxury and style. Beside this she is a nature lover. These days she is busy in writing an article on use of renewable energy.