Why Go Green?
An ever-growing body of scientific evidence suggests that climate change and ecosystem degradation are urgent threats to the environmental, social, and economic health of our communities.
Most of the climate disruptions and ecosystem changes in recent decades are the result of human activity intended to meet our growing demands for food, fresh water, fiber, and energy.
To prevent the most catastrophic outcomes of global warming and to build a sustainable society — one that incorporates values, systems, and activities that are environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable — requires bold and immediate action. Leading climate scientists and other experts have recommended the necessary steps to slow or reverse humanity’s impact on climate change trends that will help build a low-carbon, clean energy economy. These recommendations include combining short-term strategies — conservation, efficient use of resources, and the use of renewable resources — with long-term investments in clean technology research and sustainable development strategies.
The emerging transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy holds great promise for economic growth and prosperity, innovation, and job creation. New green technologies and discoveries — coupled with new demand and forward-thinking public policies that advance sustainability and encourage public-private investments — are starting to transform the economic landscape as products, services, and jobs are reoriented toward a greener future.
Seal around windows and doors in the fall to keep out the cold. Need help finding where the air is coming in? Look for spider webs. Spiders love to place their webs near moving air, so if you find one, it’s a pretty good sign you’ve got an air leak there.
Test your air conditioning unit in spring so if there are any issues to address, you can do so before you need it up and running in summer. Use (and properly program) a programmable thermostat for the heating system. It reduces energy usage and cost. When leaving your home for any length of time, turn your thermostat down for heat or up for air conditioning at least 5 or more degrees.
Ask your electric provider for their rate schedule. By running your washer, dryer, dishwasher, heat and air conditioning during low hours you can make a significant difference in your bill.
Always check or replace all weatherstripping on all outside doors as well as basement doors that lead into the house.
Check the insulation in your attic and install more if needed.
Replace window blinds with room- darkening shades made of thick vinyl. They block so much of the sun that rooms do not heat up and the air conditioner does not run as much. This can lower your electric bill.
Use overhead room fans, which circulate air so that heat and cooling move around evenly. They also make room air seem fresher. Heat/cooling units can run less with room fans on. Adjust fans to blow air down in summer and up in winter.
Replace all your light bulbs with LED bulbs. They last longer and can reduce your electric bill.
Put foam sealers behind all of your plugs and switches to stop air drafts or leaks.
Take a moist paper towel and force it gently through the edges of windows that have air coming through. When the paper towel dries it becomes temporary caulk.
If you have a small yard, mow it with a reel mower. No motor, no gas, no noise, and they’re comparatively inexpensive. Plus you get some exercise.
Replacing the door sweeps on exterior doors saves energy and keeps dust out.
Caulk all windows to minimize draft. Wrap insulation foam around hot water pipes to conserve heat. Replace worn weatherstripping around exterior doors to prevent draft.
Attend events held by energy providers. They often give away energy- saving products such as light bulbs, weatherstripping, and water-saving showerheads.
Install a dual-flush toilet. It could cut your water use significantly. A person with moderate DIY skills can do the install.
List Of Simple Ways To Go Green For Families (KidsToo)
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Keep showers short, five minutes or less.
- Try turning off the water while you shampoo and condition.
- When you are helping with the dishes, only run the dishwasher with a full load.
- If you are washing dishes in the sink, turn off the water while you scrub them.
- If you are helping out with the laundry, only wash full loads of clothes.
- Wash clothes in cold water only.
- Carpool to school, soccer games, ballet classes or anywhere else you can.
- Skateboard, walk, or ride your bike to friends’ homes, to school, or to other nearby activities.
- Unplug appliances and chargers when you are not using them.
- When you are shopping for school supplies make sure to buy recycled supplies.
- Throw trash in the trash, not the toilet, that way you will flush it less and save water.
- Bring reusable bags along when you shop at the grocery store or mall so that you don’t need a plastic or paper bag.
- If you get a present in a gift bag, save the bag and use it again.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Make sure your home, office, and classroom have recycling bins.
- Help clean up your local park.
- Ask your parents to buy green cleaning products.
- With your parents, look up recipes and make your own natural cleaning products.
- Instead of throwing away old toys and games, donate them so they can be played with again.
- When your old light bulbs burn out, replace them with new green ones.
- Use a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one.
- Drink tap water or buy a filter for your tap water instead of drinking bottled water.
- Join your school’s environmental or green club. If there is not one, start your own!
- Plant trees and flowers.
- Turn off the water while washing your hands.
- Water the yard early in the morning or late in the evening, not in the middle of the day.
- Use a watering can to water plants instead of using a hose.
- Use email and online invitations instead of paper letters, invitations, or thank you notes.
- Use real dishes and utensils whenever you can instead of plastic ones you throw away.
- Plant your own vegetable garden in your backyard.
- Learn how to compost with recycled paper, leaves and other materials.
- If you do not have a yard to garden in, reuse milk cartons or water bottles. Cut off the top, fill it with soil, and plant fresh herbs.
- Ask your teacher to have your class write to the local government representative to let them know that you care about the environment. You can also do this at home with your friends and family.
- Pack your lunch for school in a reusable container such as a lunchbox.
- Buy groceries at a local farmers market.
- Borrow books from the library instead of buying new ones.
- Reuse items around your house to make your own cards or gifts.
- When you can, use public transportation like the bus, subway, or train.
- Buy toilet paper made from 100% recycled material.
- If you are getting a new pet, do not get an exotic pet. Stick to domestic pets like cats and dogs and try to rescue them from the local Humane Society.
- Head to the local park or nature center to hang out with friends instead of to the mall.
- Instead of eating fast food meals that create waste and trash, have a picnic and use reusable plates and silverware.
- If your family is buying a new car, get a white or light colored car. These stay cooler in the sun and use less energy cooling off with air conditioning.
- Turn of the TV when you are not using it.
- Open blinds or curtains on cold days to let the sun help heat your room.
- Instead of turning up the heat in your house or car, use a blanket or layer clothes.
- Use a fan instead of turning down the air conditioning.
- Don’t stand around with the refrigerator door open. Close the door while you think about what you want to eat.
Financial Benefits Business and Home
The U.S Department of Energy states that if buildings were all green-improved that the U.S. would use $20 billion less energy every single year. You can also receive discounts by making your home a greener one. These energy savings can come up as part of fixing small things in your home or office that can reduce your energy consumption. For e.g.: just by running your washing machine full loads, you can reduce a significant amount of water and power during each cycle.
Expense Reductions: Green initiatives ultimately result in reductions to energy, water and maintenance costs.
Enhanced Brand Image: All else being equal, green businesses are looked upon more favorably.
Asset Appreciation: Green building concepts drive appreciation of building values and increase investor desirability.
Higher Occupancy Rates: Tenants are attracted to space that increases employee comfort level while enhancing public image.
More Productive Workforce: Green workspace results in happier employees and less absenteeism.
Lower Insurance Premiums: Buildings that document their green progress are eligible for insurance premium credits from AGPOM insurers.
Eating green means eat local, organic and seasonal products. Eating green food have global consequences. When you buy and eat organic food and dairy products, you can boost the local economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions required to get that food on your plate. Eating organic food will also make you a healthier person as it does not contain harmful chemicals, pesticides, and added hormones. Organic farming means responsible land use and farming practices.
Reduction in Health Risks: The use of toxin-free building materials and green ventilation systems minimize the potential health risks of cancer, asthma, and other ailments.
Public Safety Improvements: Green buildings undergo a commissioning process that ensures buildings systems are operating optimally which reduces the potential for fire and other hazards.
Improvements in Thermal and Acoustic Environment. Thanks to reduced VOCs (volatile organic compounds, emitted by materials used during and after the building process), aesthetic qualities are heightened, and strain on local infrastructure is minimized. In short, quality of life is improved for everyone involved.
Strengthening of Infrastructure. High-quality, green infrastructures promote ecological networks and links between habitats — enhancing the quality of life and responding to climate change while fostering community well-being.
Set as an Example For Others: If your home and business go green, your family and your employees will be much happier. Employees will grow to appreciate the gestures and see that you care about the environment and you may even be able to pass good habits onto them.
from eCom Tips – Medium https://ift.tt/2AmcLyx