Aug 4, 2017
Penny

Global Warming: What Can We Do?

Everyone with a conscience is concerned about climate change and whenever someone mentions global warming, “What can we do?” is usually the next comment heard. While it is up to government, scientists, and industry leaders to shape final policy in this battle, there are a number of things the average person can do on their own that will help to make a difference.

Recycle

Take the time to properly sort your garbage for pick-up. Compost, if at all possible.

Filters

Make sure that your air conditioner, furnace, and dryer filters are clean as this reduces the amount of electricity the machines need.

Washing and Drying

It can be tempting to run a load of laundry whenever you need the clothes in question. Unfortunately, you are wasting energy and then compounding the problem with half a load in the dryer. Wait until both are full. You can also reduce dryer usage by letting clothes air dry.

Bathing

While a nice relaxing bath is tempting, you use less water showering. Also, cut back on the number of showers you take because such regular hot water exposure is hard on your skin.

Reduce Packaging Waste

If you can buy an economy version of a product, do that instead of purchasing multiple units of the same thing. That reduces the amount of packaging (and garbage) you will be contributing to landfills.

Eat Less Meat

In addition to being better for you, vegetarian and vegan diets contribute a far smaller carbon footprint than diets that regularly include meat. Even if you don’t wish to give up meat entirely, reducing your consumption can still help.

Car Efficiency

Keep your tires properly inflated and your engine properly tuned. Carpool, if possible, and plan out trips to get as much done as possible, so that you do not have to use the car more often than necessary.

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