Here are 2 sites that give more or less the same advice on practical ways to help the environment. They include general domestic adjustments like:
-lowering your thermostat
-turning down the hot water heater
-turning off the water while you’re brushing
-don’t leave the refrigerator door open for too long
as well as some bigger steps like:
-switching cars/driving less
-being a minimalist (tame the consumerism)
-buy only recycled/second hand
I have some other ways that one can contribute and help the environment:
1. Buy local food.
2. Turn lights off when not in use.
3. Unplug appliances when not in use (they often still draw a small amount of energy when plugged in)
4. Along with driving less, buy a bike (preferably used). You’ll get used to riding around to places and may even enjoy it.
5. Buy produce from a CSA (community supported agriculture)
6. Write/call your congressman to support sustainable food and energy practices.
7. Encourage your friends (but don’t preach) to get them to do what they can as well. The environment affects everyone, so we’re all responsible.
8. Recycle as often as possible.
9. Buy a clean water filter and drink less bottled water.
10. See what renewable energy incentives are in your state/nationally and keep that in mind when doing any additions or construction t your house.
1. Don’t buy things you don’t need —over consumption is a main cause of many environmental issues.
2. Turn off and unplug all electronics when they are not in use.
3. Take shorter, cooler showers.
4. Wash your clothes using cold water and a low or no phosphorous detergent.
5. Eat less meat. (or eat only cage free/ grass fed meats).
6. Eat local foods.
7. Buy organic products—food & clothing.
8. Bring your own bag— don’t ever use disposable plastic bags.
9. Recycle –sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it.
10. walk or take public transit instead of driving.
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