Simple Ways to Help Protect the Environment

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It’s no secret that our environment is in a state of decline. In newspapers and on TV, in magazines and even in our schools, everyone is talking about environmental conservation and how to reduce the effects of global warming. It has become obvious that we need to take action and do something to reduce greenhouse gasses, but just how do we go green? If you are just an ordinary person (like me) who wants to make a difference, there are lots of easy things you can do to help the environment. Think about all of the various activitys that we do every day in the course of our normal lives. Lowering our energy use and reducing our emisions of greenhouse gasses can be very simple.

Let’s begin with water. Every drop of water that we use requires energy to filter, purify and pump into our homes. How much water do you use every month and how can you lower that usage? Some simple solutions include water saving showerheads and faucets, more efficient toilets, dishwashers and washing machines, and even just turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. The amount of water that is wasted every day is incredible, and these little things, applied by thousands or millions of people can have a considerable effect.

Another area we can go green is with our electricity needs. Some of the most effective ways to reduce our energy use are also some of the least expensive. Turn off the lights when you leave the room, unplug all those cell phone and PDA chargers when they aren’t being used, install energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, insulate your home or add more to the existing insulation, especially in attic and roof spaces where most of the energy loss occurs.

Not too long ago, our garbage was the big environmental issue. If you recycled, you were considered green, if you didn’t, then you weren’t. These days, with so many other items on the environmental agenda, things aren’t quite as simple. But our waste production is still a big deal. Every item we...
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