Save the EarthFinding different ways to protect our environment is what going green means. And everyone is trying to do their part. even firefighters. Going green is something you don’t have to do, but really a conscience choice that you personally make to take care of our environment; it really has nothing to do with politics, religion or if you believe in global warming.

Local and state governments spend over twelve million a year on energy which puts a lot of financial burden on taxpayers. Besides big corporations and individuals, your local firefighters are making big changes to better their community by finding ways to be more efficient with their resources, save money and also improve our environment.

Fire departments and the fire fighters are taking large steps in trying to incorporate green practices into each one of their stations and community. In each stations, they are converting to energy efficient appliances, boilers and light bulbs and as well as starting a recycling program within their own departments. These types of conversions can help the department in many ways. They can save up to 40% more in their energy cost. Energy efficient appliances like a dishwasher can save about 1,500 gallons of water a year.

Firefighters have gone as far as reusing rain water to test out their pumps on their trucks. When the consumption of water is reduced, steams, lakes and the oceans are protected.

As well as trying to save water, they are also adding solar panels in each station. These panels turns sunlight into usable energy. Doing this they are saving the earth’s resources. A solar generated water heater can cut the heating cost at a firehouse by half. Saving them up to 3000 dollars a year. In addition, a solar water heater can also cut the carbon dioxide emissions in side the fire house as well. An energy efficient solar water heater can greatly reduce carbon dioxide from going into our atmosphere by almost 4,000 pounds. This amount doesn’t sound like much, but to give you an example, 4000 pounds is equal to a person driving around in a car for 4 months.

Brave firefighters put the lives on the line every day to protect the ones that can’t protect themselves, and in addition, they still have time to help out the environment. Going green is a choice everyone makes on their own, and we applaud the men and women of the fire departments in caring, not for just themselves, but everyone else as well as the environment.

Change a light bulb

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.

Bank On-Line

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.

Recycle People!

It’s time to re-focus our healthy planet concerns back to the 3 R’s. Global warming, and the deforestation that is partly responsible for it is not going to be solved by everyone switching to seemingly “greener” products. The hard truth is, no matter how safe a product claims to be it took precious resources to produce it. As a world wide group we need to focus our attentions on how to reduce production in order to really reduce the effects it has had on our environment.

Reduce

Reducing does not refer to a lessening of the waste that your household produces, but rather a lessening of the amounts of resources being used to produce the products you and your household rely on. This means purchasing less, and ensuring that the ones you do make are going to last.

Spend your money on products that are well made and durable. Make sure that are going to be useful for you for a long time. Buying a state of the art computer today means that you won’t need to purchase a new one next year when new software is introduced. The same goes with your cell phone. Reducing doesn’t mean you buy the cheap brand that will break in six months, it means buying something that you are going to be happy with for a few years.

Reuse

Think twice before you put anything into the garbage bin. Can you use it for something else? If you think hard you can find a secondary use for just about anything. Jars make great containers in a work shop to store spare screws and nails. Cut plastic bottles and use them as planters for herbs and small plants. Share your magazines or donate them to the library.

Try and repair broken appliances before you decide to trash them. The only exception to this is when they are no longer energy efficient. In this case it is better to recycle the broken stove to a repair shop and invest in one that is more environmentally friendly.

Recycle

Thanks to the efforts around the globe, recycling is the one R that has had a lasting effect. For most households today, recycling just means that glass and plastic gets put into a separate bin. Don’t forget about other items you can recycle as well, such as used car oil, old cell phones and even appliances. You are making a huge impact on the future of our planet when you take the extra few seconds to dispose of your household waste the right way.

Sure it’s great that you can buy goods that are made from recycled materials and re-used containers, but that is only a small part of the problem. If there is any hope in reversing the greenhouse effect, the overall production of goods, and the deforestation of the planet needs to be reduced down to its bare minimum. If you go back to the basics and start practicing your R’s, you will have a much greater impact then if you buy your napkins made from recycled paper products.