It’s almost 2013!
And we’re beginning to hear again the proverbial words, “New Year’s Resolutions”. While many people seem to be passive about the idea, there are really those who are keen about making a list of New Year’s resolutions.
Whether you believe in making resolutions for the coming year or not, I am making this list of environmentally friendly new year’s resolutions, hoping that you, too, may include them in your own list, or adapt them to save more on hard-earned money, at the same time help save our environment.
Here goes my list:
- Turn off the lights when not in use or when leaving the room.
- Unplug – not just switched off the power – of the television set when not in use.
Unplug mobile phone charger and other appliances when not in use. These devices still eat up energy even if they are already turned off, but still plugged onto a socket or in sleep mode. According to some studies, around ten percent of your monthly electricity bill is due to this phantom energy.
Save on water bill. We will not lose anything if we
- Use a glass when brushing our teeth, instead of running the water as we rinse
- Cut shower time by one minute
- Use low-flow aerator on our faucets
Walk or ride a bicycle. There are times that the use of car is not necessary at all, especially on short distance trips and when you are not carrying heavy load. Walking and biking are good forms of exercise, and fun, too. As you walk or bike leisurely, you get to notice things in the neighborhood, which you may have failed to see when you were riding your car. Remember, it’s still good to slow down and smell the roses.
Opt for land trip over air travel. If you are not in a hurry, why don’t you try traveling by land instead of going by air? Traveling a distance of less than 400 miles by land is not that tedious to make. You see, flying requires so much amount of energy and generates more emissions. Besides, airfare costs so much more than land transport.
Tote an eco-bag around. Let’s reduce the use of plastic bags by bringing an eco-bag each time we go for groceries.
Advocate organic food products. These foods are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), chemical additives, pesticides, herbicides, and other man-made ingredients, which are harmful to our health and detrimental to the land that grows them. They are also safer and more nutritious than the conventional ones that have been treated with pesticides, and non-organic fertilizers.
Is my list doable enough? Let’s just give it a try. We may not change the whole world with these simple acts, but at least we make a difference to improve life.
Are there other ways by which we can have a cleaner environment and healthier lifestyle? You may add them here.