You don’t have to turn your own little world upside down in order to make a difference for our big one. Even the smallest daily contributions can help to make a big difference. If you were to change just one thing in your daily life that made a positive impact on our shared environment, you get to times that by 365. When you look at the big picture you can see where the little snapshots can go a long way.
Change a Light Bulb
Take that regular light bulb out from your desk lamp and replace it with a compact fluorescent bulb. Not only will this help the environment, it will also cut down on your monthly electric bill.
Don’t Put Your Computer to Sleep
Your computer is going to turn back on again if you turn it off at night. Sleep mode is good for when you get up to go make lunch, but when you are away from it for the night shut it down all the way. The extra 3 minutes you have to wait in the morning while it starts up can be spent getting your coffee ready. Like the light bulb, this helps our environment and your electric bill.
Let Your Dishwasher Do It’s Job
If you have to rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, then its time for a new one. Just scrape the leftovers into the trash and let the machine take care of the rest. You don’t only conserve water this way, but also the energy that is needed to heat it.
Don’t Throw Glass Into the Trash
A glass bottle is going to be around for the next wave of dinosaurs unless you recycle it. Glass takes close to a million years before it is decomposed. If you don’t have a use for it at home, make sure that it makes it to a recycling plant. This has a big impact on both air and water pollution.
Turn Down the Heat
Even a one degree difference in your home’s thermostat either way can save you up to 10% in the energy your house consumes to keep it comfortable. If its winter, open the curtains or blinds to let the sun help heat the house and keep them closed tight in the summer to keep it cool.
Change your bank account settings so that you only get your monthly statement on-line. In fact, do this with as many of your monthly statements as possible. Do you really need to get the same paper cable bill in your mail box each month? It will only take a few minutes to change your accounts, but the positive effect it will have on our environment is long lasting.
Even if you were to adopt just one of these habits daily, you will be making a lasting impact on the future of our planet. Each and every person on earth has the capability of doing something today, that will help to preserve our tomorrows.