8. Green Dish Washing
Whether you wash dishes by hand or with a dishwasher, there are measures you can take to save water and help the environment. Remember to always fill the sink up first and use a plug, rather than let the tap run. You can also use this method with clean water for when you decide to rinse. If you have a washing machine you should wait until it’s fully loaded before you start the cycle.
7. Green Cooking
When you need to cook something in the oven, sometimes you just heat the entire big oven for just a small dish. If you want to save energy, you can think about getting a small electric oven. One small oven can do the same thing as a big oven but with less energy consumed. It’s also important to select the right pan for what you’re cooking. Generally, a thinner pan will mean your meal will cook faster, saving electricity.
6. Green Refrigeration
Have you heard about the paper money experiment? It goes as follows: you take a paper or plastic note and put it between the rubber seal of your refrigerator and the door when you close it. Depending on how easy you can get the bill out once the door is closed will determine how well your fridge rubber is sealing. A leaking refrigerator will use more energy to cool the air inside. In most cases, it’s just a matter of replacing the rubber seal if your refrigerator isn’t sealing properly.
5. Green Recycling / Waste Sorting
Many government’s have now adopted waste sorting procedures for household garbage disposal. They bins differentiate themselves often by colour and size, each representing a different kind of waste. There are no universal colours for the bins but they usually indicate what kind of material you should put where. Most are sorted into general waste, paper & cardboard waste (including bottles and cans) and green waste. If your local government hasn’t adopted any waste sorting / recycling policies, you should lobby for them to be introduced.
4. Green Transportation
Cars are comfortable and convenient, we get it. The disadvantage is that cars emit carbon monoxide which is toxic for our environment. Electric cars are starting to make a small impact on the industry which is great, but they still have a long way to go to conquer the giant that is the internal combustion engine. It’s highly recommended that people use other transportation methods – public transport or “green transport” – bicycles, skateboards etc. Not only does it benefit the environment but tonus exercise such as bicycle riding helps build muscle and maintain your fitness. Studies show that riding bicycles also influences your spirit!
3. Green Electricity
Electrical devices consume power even if they are not turned on. Unless we unplug them, they still consume a low level of electricity. It is recommended that you unplug all your devices when you are not using them. There are also smart plugs that are activated by switches, these are a convenient way to save electricity when we aren’t using particular devices. Houses are now also switching to renewable energy sources such as solar power. Advancements in battery storage technology now support changing to renewable energy without compromising your consumption. These alternatives are becoming more and more affordable every year.
2. Green Payment
It’s now easy to receive bills and invoices via email, whilst being able to pay them electronically. This process has many advantages for the environment, let-alone being able to pay your bills from the comfort of your arm-chair at home! Many retailers are now offering point of sale payment via online payment methods such as PayPal. Less paper = more trees!
1. Green Food
Green food refers to organic food, non-GMO, pesticide and herbicide free. In their pursuit for profit, companies have used genetically modified fruits and vegetables in order to make them bigger, rounder and to grow faster. Insects are affected, mammals are affected and the whole food chain has to suffer. If you want to help the environment you can take into consideration to eat only organic food, non-GMO and free from added additives and preservatives. It’s crucial to read labels on packaged food. For example if you buy coffee, you should choose beans that are considered ‘fair-trade’ and shade grown. This means that the coffee is grown with minimal impact on the forest for migratory birds and other species, whilst ensuring the farmers and workers were paid fair wages to produce the product.
These 8 simple tips will help ensure you are doing your bit for the environment. You will also reap the benefits of lowering your bills and keeping healthy. Keeping waste and pollution to a minimum will help increase the quality of life for everyone 🙂