4 Easy Ways to Get Green in 2016

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A big hot button topic in the world today is the need to reduce our carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide that each of your actions releases into the air. Driving your car, heating your home, using your hair driver, and the manufacturing of the products that you use all release carbon dioxide into the air that we breath and the air that our food grows in. Carbon pollution has been tied to global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer that protects us from harmful radiation.

If you feel passionate about reducing your carbon footprint, here are a few simple things you can do that will make Mother Nature smile upon you:

  1. Use local bus services instead of driving.
    Most local bus services can carry over 54 people on a single trip. That means that if everyone used local bus services to their full capacity, each trip would replace the number of vehicles putting carbon in the air by a whopping 54 cars! In fact, coach buses provide about 206 miles per passenger per gallon of gas, while a person driving a car gets about 27 miles per passenger per gallon of gas. Another way to leverage the buses to save our planet is to opt to travel comfortably on a bus instead of on an airplane for your next vacation. There are a lot of benefits of bus travel, including getting more than four times the passenger miles per gallon than an airplane.
  2. Purchase goods with little to no packaging.
    One of our greatest sources of wastefulness is our product packaging. Packaging serves absolutely no purpose; you discard it the moment you open the product. Yet, packaging takes energy to create and energy to dispose of. If product packaging is not recycled properly, it ends up in a landfill, where it almost never decomposes. One great way to eliminate product packaging is to purchase food from the bulk section at your store, either using a lightweight recycled plastic bag to hold it, or your own reusable bulk bags, so that absolutely no packaging is wasted.
  3. Turn off your electric devices when they aren’t in use.
    Leaving your computer, television, sound system, and other electronic devices on while you aren’t using them wastes thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide every year. In fact, just leaving your electronic devices plugged in while they aren’t in use drains phantom energy– energy that is drawn to the devices through the current in the wall, even when it is turned off. It is estimated that 5-10% of each household’s energy bill is made up of phantom energy.
  4. When possible, use cold water.
    Heating water in a hot water heater requires a lot of energy. Just washing your clothes on the cold cycle saves about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide every year. You can also reduce your energy usage by adequately insulating your hot water heater, so that heat doesn’t escape before it even leaves the tank. An even better solution is replacing your hot water heater with a tankless solution, that just heats water on demand, rather than constantly warming a full tank.

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