How to Be Environmentally Correct

Everyday there is more evidence pointing to the fact that global warming and pollution are serious issues, but few people actually know what they can personally do to help stop this. This article provides some tips and tricks on reducing your negative impact on the world.

Steps

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    Bring your own paper or cloth bags to the supermarket. Both paper and plastic bags take energy to produce. This causes global warming to get worse. You can make a huge environmental difference by doing this. However, some supermarkets may not allow you to do this because of security concerns.
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    Buy organic food. The pesticides that are on non-organic foods require energy to produce, and they are bad for you!
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    Air dry your clothes. If possible, do this. Dryers account for almost 5% of energy use in the USA!
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    Switch to a tankless water heater. That way, you don't heat up an entire tank of water (using lots of energy) for some hot water for washing your face!
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    Switch to double pane windows! They have less insulation problems, so you don't need to use the Air Conditioner / Heater as much!
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    Ensure your house is properly insulated. As said above, then you don't need to use the AC or heater as much.
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    Use clothing instead of your heater in the wintertime. Heaters are major energy users! They have a huge negative impact on the world!
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    Unplug unused electronics. Even if an electronic device isn't being used (it is off), it still uses a small amount of energy. See warnings section below.
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    Use a push mower instead of a gasoline mower if your lawn is small enough. Push mowers don't use any gasoline, and they make you stronger!
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    Weatherize your home.
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    Replace old electronics with Energy-Savers(tm). That means that they use minimal amounts of energy!
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    Insulate your water heater. That way there isn't any heat escaping.
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    Plant a tree. Trees take Carbon Dioxide (which is one of the causes of global warming) and turn it into Oxygen (which we breathe!)
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    Reduce your garbage. Compacting garbage, and making new items to replace that garbage, uses energy.
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    Carpool. Cars are the #1 reason global warming is a serious issue.
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    Buy a fuel efficient car when you get a new one. See above reason.
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    Buy a hybrid car. Hybrids can get up to 99.9 MPG! That doesn't just help the world... it helps your wallet too.
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    Buy goods that have minimal packaging. Packaging requires energy to produce.
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    Buy local products. Shipping goods uses energy!
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    Install a low-flow shower-head. Pumping water around is one of the primary energy users!
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    Take shorter showers. The more water you use, the more has to be treated - an energy-intense process.
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    Change your AC filter when you should. That way your AC doesn't use more energy than needed.
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    Check your water-heater. Insure there aren't any leaks!
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    Adjust your thermostat. Keep air conditioning at 80° in the summer, and heating at 60° in the winter. Use your clothing, diet and exercise habits to adjust your body temperature before turning to the energy-intensive HVAC system.
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    Use recycled paper in the office, and recycled bath tissue and other paper products for other needs.
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    Fill the dishwasher to the top! Dishwashers use the same amount of water if they are filled with 1 dish or filled to the brim. Save water!
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    Change your air filter. This keeps your energy usage down.
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    Inflate your tires regularly. Cars aren't as fuel efficient when their tires aren't full.
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    Use compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). These use much less energy.... don't break them while putting them in though!
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    Purchase and use the new LED lightbulbs. See The C Crane website about these lighting devices.
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    Turn on the Energy-Saver's setting on your computer. This makes your computer use less energy.
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    Purchase and use "Self Powered Radios", even "Self Powered TV's, "Self Powered Flashlights". These may be solar powered and/or have a hand cranked generator. Some of these flashlights do not use any internal power cells, but use a "Supercapacitor" instead. Not only great for the environment, but great for emergency use as well. Some models will even charge cell phones, providing power even when other power sources have failed during a long term disaster, such as a hurricane, earthquake, providing the cell phone towers are not damaged, destroyed.
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    Start by recycling. If you just sort your trash into recyclables every week, the rate at which the landfills grow will lessen.
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    Buy organic food. It is really good for you, and it tastes even better than food laced with chemicals.
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    Turn off the water while brushing you're teeth. Any water that comes out of the house runs into the sewage plant and then a lot of energy is used to treat it, even though it's not dirty at all!
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    Carefully switch your light-bulbs to CFLs, being careful not to break them!

Tips

  • These are just the basic steps. There are many more things that you can do.
  • Don't try to do everything on this list. Just doing a few things will help the Earth.
  • Although some of these tips might be expensive at first, they will soon become cheaper.

Warnings

  • Do not unplug unused computers unless they are already broken. This will cause their clock batteries to run down.

Sources and Citations

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