Going green can be perceived as difficult and expensive. Buying a hybrid or fully electric car can costs thousands. Changing out old appliances for new appliances that are more energy efficient can get pricey too. It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult though. The following is a list of daily mental and buying habits you can fall into to help conserve energy and cut your electricity bill while helping the environment as well:
- Take a shower: Taking a shower takes only 1/5 of the water required for taking a bath. You can also install a “low flow” shower head to use even less water.
- Unplug your cords while not in use: Ever leave your phone/laptop charging plugged in even though your phone/laptop isn’t connected? According the U.S. Department of Energy, appliances use a significant amount of energy even when turned off. Have you noticed how your phone charger can get warm even if you phone is not connected to it?
- Wash your laundry with cold water: The process of washing a load of clothes is simple. Fill, wash, drain, fill, rinse, drain, spin. Of all these stages, the two fill stages can take the most energy if you are using warm/hot water. Heating water takes a large amount of energy, especially if you have an electric heater.
- Buy a laptop instead of a desktop: If you are in the market for a new computer, consider investing in a laptop. Laptops can use up to 80% less energy than a desktop because of smaller and more efficient parts.
- Avoid buying black trash bags: Different plastics have to be recycled differently according to the various properties, including pigmentation. The black pigmentation in black trash bags prevents them from being recycled.
- Switch to clean and renewable energy: Rapid advances in technology have driven down the upfront/installation costs, if any, to convert to renewable energy. Do some research and see what different companies offer while getting proposals to see what a solar installation may look like on your home.
- Carpool: Team up with friends or co-workers to use the one vehicle for transportation, especially if you guys are going to the same place. This requires less fuel due to less vehicles being used and you can take turns switching vehicles.
- Use rechargeable batteries: These may cost a little more than one-time use batteries, but it will keep batteries (which contain harmful chemicals that leak) out of landfills. Imagine your TV remote; you can go through 2-3 pairs of batteries in one year (depending on how much you use the remote) or use 2 rechargeable batteries without any waste.