Energy conservation is an essential ingredient in reducing energy costs as well as promoting a healthy environment.
Energy conservation is one of the important ways in promoting a healthy and green environment. But many people have taken this strategy for granted. So, how do you promote a healthy environment?
Here are the 12 ways you can do to conserve energy and promote a healthy environment:
1. Prevent or fix any energy leaks you find at home. Survey shows that heating and cooling contribute up to 50% of the monthly electric bill. So, if you fix any leaks at home, you will reduce the energy costs. Plug up the energy leaks, insulate your home and seal the ducts.
2. Lower the home thermostats. Some have their hot water heater, heater and refrigerator thermostats set to undesirable temperatures. It is better to set the heater to 68 degrees F or lower during the winter season and then 78 degrees F or more during summer.
3. Switch many bulbs at home to combine fluorescent bulbs. According to California Energy Commission, lighting is reported to be consumed up to 25% of the average electricity consumption at home. Compact fluorescent bulbs are cheaper and easier to find in the stores or online.
4. Purchase a lower-flow shower head. By using this, you will not only save your hot or cold water but also save energy as well.
5. Plant some trees in your front or backyard. Trees will cool your home which will reduce the use of energy for cooling. Other benefits include: improve your mental health, increase the property value, decrease urban runoff, decrease noise pollution and capture the dust particles in the air.
6. Turn off the devices when not in use. Completely unplug them so that you will see the difference of your next electricity bill. You will be amazed on how turning off and unplugging them help a lot.
7. Wash the dishes on your own. If you do not have many dishes that need to be washed, it is best to wash them on your own, instead of using dish washers. In doing so, you will lower the electricity bill.
8. Replace faucets that leak. In United States, many people use hot water for their faucets which means that if the faucet is leaking, more energy is wasted. So, it is best to get somebody to repair or replace them.
9. Dry the washed clothes outside your house. Instead of using the dryer, you can significantly change your next electric bill. Hang them in the long string.
10. Replace your air filters as often as you can. For deep pleated filters, change them twice a year. For ordinary pleated or flat, change them every 2-3 months and for traditional polyester/fiberglass, change them every month.
11. Close the doors and vents in rooms that are not used. You don’t need to cool or warm the areas or places in your house, when they are not in use.
12. Use ceiling fans instead of the air conditioning. If you want to drastically lower your energy costs, it is best to use ceiling fans because they do not use up more energy compared to the air conditioning.
So, are you ready to conserve energy and promote a healthy surrounding? These tips will truly guide you in reaching your goal. Try it and you will see a big and positive difference.
Other Ways to Promote a Healthy Environment
There are several other ways to promote a healthy environment other than using less energy, even though that is very important.
Buy organic foods whenever possible. Organic farmers help our environment in many ways that most do not understand. Today, non-organic farming is polluting the soil, the air and all waterways. The heavy use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are polluting our creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans. Whenever a farm uses these chemicals, of course it runs into our waterways. These chemicals pollute and kill fish and marine life.
Eat Less Meat
Eat less meat, chicken and pork or become a vegetarian. The raising of animal foods actually hurts our environment, not to mention it puts a great strain on our food supply and health. The runoff from feedlots also pollutes and damages fish and marine life in all of our waterways. The waste from commercial feedlots contains many pathogens and chemicals and drugs. There is disease, antibiotics, hormones and more that flow into the ground and waterways. But eating less meat, you help the environment. Also, buying 100% grass fed beef also helps the environment.
How cattle causes climate change or global warming. Most people might not be aware, but cattle “emit” more global warming gasses than cars do. This is known as methane gas flatulence and is just what it sounds like.
Studies have found that 1 cow emits or releases 70 to 120 kgs (155 lbs to 265 lbs) of methane per year. There are approximately 1.5 billion cows on planet Earth, and that is a lot of methane being released. Methane is 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. When methane mixes with oxygen in the atmosphere, gradually, it transforms into carbon dioxide.
Another reason to eat 100% grass fed beef. The reason cows have so much flatulence is because of their poor diet. In a feedlot situation, cows are fed corn and other non-grass foods, and cows are meant to eat a variety of grasses only. This poor diet is what causes cows to emit so much methane.
As we already know, trees are very important for the health of the planet. Trees absorb and remove carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen into the atmosphere. The rainforests have been called the lungs of the planet. The less meat we eat, the less demand there will be for beef.
Millions and millions of acres of forests have been cleared and are still being cleared, just for the sole purpose of raising cattle. Of course this is very bad for the environment and climate change.
By recycling as much as you can, it keeps all of that garbage from going into landfills and that garbage is then recycled into usable products again, so that more resources do not have to be used.