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4 General Tips for Saving Energy

Saving energy is half the battle won when it comes to protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprints. There are many things that you can do at home and at work to save energy and do your part for the environment. The good news about going green is that you will also be saving yourself some money.

The tips can be utilized by individuals, communities, businesses, or any other group or organization.

  1. Use less electricity. Electricity is still mainly supplied by burning fossil fuels. There are some cities and countries that have successfully implemented alternative energy sources, but many places are still relying on fossil fuels for energy. You can use less energy or electricity by switching off lights and appliances that are not in use. Unplug appliances that are not being used. You can also save on energy by using natural light and warmth for longer. This will reduce the need for using your heating and cooling systems for long periods. Instead of using heaters, cuddle up under a blanket and dress warmly. We’re sure you get the idea and can figure out other ways how you can save energy in your home or business.
  2. Use less water. Only wash clothes or dishes when you have a full load. This will reduce the number of times you need to run the washer and it will ensure efficient use of water. Let the dishes air dry instead of using the washer’s dry cycle to save on energy. Take short showers instead of baths. This will reduce the loss of too much warm water and your water heater working overtime.
  3. Use Energy Star products. Energy Star approved products are products that have been proven to be eco-friendly and will help save the environment, make your home more green, and save you money in the long run. You can find many different types of appliances and equipment with Energy Star approval.
  4. Fix problems. Leaky faucets or pipes, cracks in windows and doors, and poor insulation can all cause an increase in water and energy use. To make sure this doesn’t happen, check all your door and window frames and seal them well if needed. A lot of a home’s heat can get out through those cracks. Leaky faucets and toilets can add quite a big number to your water bill. Fix these issues as soon as you notice them to avoid unexpected and unwanted water bills.

These are only four very simple tips, but it will already make a huge difference. A simple change in our thinking and behavior can make a big difference. So, have a look at where you can save energy in your home and business and also look at ways that you can make a difference in your community’s energy use. Together, you can make a change.

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7 Tips for Protecting the Environment in Your Community

Protecting the environment in which you live is important. All of us want to live in a place where we feel safe and healthy and where our kids can grow up without fear of developing diseases because of dirty water or serious pollution. There are things that everyone can do to help have a cleaner and more environmentally friendly and safe community.

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1. Keep your home eco-friendly. When you do things differently in your home to be more green, you will already be helping your community. If everyone in the community does their part and reduces their own carbon footprint, the sum of all that will help make a better community environment.

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2. Protect the parks and trees. If there are any parks, tree lanes, or other natural areas, help ensure that they remain clean and protected. Those trees and other plants help reduce the carbon dioxide in the air. Natural areas are also important for conserving wildlife. Don’t you want your children and grandchildren to know what a deer looks like in its natural habitat? You can also plant your own trees in your garden or an open space – get the whole community involved.

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3. Paint your house with latex paint. Oil-based paints release hydrocarbon fumes which are bad for you and the environment. Latex paints are less harmful and will be good for you and the rest of the community.

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4. Drive better. If you can, buy a car that is electric or buy one that is the most environmentally friendly you can afford. If you can’t buy a new car, make sure that your car is serviced regularly so it can be as fuel-efficient as possible. Try to drive only when necessary and rather ride a bicycle or take a walk if it is close enough to do so.

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5. Don’t burn waste in your yard. Burning waste is actually illegal in some states and should not be done. Apart from the legal issue, burning waste releases mold spores and other contaminants that can cause allergies and respiratory problems. Keep your community healthy and don’t burn waste in your yard.

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6. Use water wisely. You may not think that your using less water will make a difference but it will. Use water sparingly and make changes like using a bucket and not the hose when washing your car. Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth and shower rather than a bath. There are many ways to save water and help your community have a steady supply of water.

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7. Recycle and reuse. Recycling is important because reusing or recreating something that is already halfway what it should be, reduces energy use and pollution. It reduces the cost of making things and it also helps the local dump site to be more eco-friendly.

Your community should be a priority when it comes to health and the environment. We can all do more to help keep our communities and our natural parks clean and healthy and somewhere we would like to live.

If your community has interesting eco-friendly or similar projects, let us know about them. Tell us your story and how you got the community involved. For more information on writing for this website, please visit the CONTRIBUTE page.