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This article is written by Ginger Reid. She is an advocate for protecting our plant. She believes that we all can play a part in preserving the beauty of this planet for generations to come. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a difference to our environment. You can check out her website Ourpreciousresources.org for more tips on Eco-friendly living.
Climate change is perhaps the most profound global phenomenon that faces our planet. The plethora of disasters that climate change poses is overwhelming. Scientists claim that climate change will continue throughout this century. Moreover, they predict that temperatures will go up, the Arctic will be ice-free in the summer, and heavy rainfall will be more common, yet drought and heat waves will get more intense. By 2100, moreover, sea levels will rise one to four feet, which could plunge many major cities around the globe underwater. You alone can’t stop vast climate trends from progressing, but you can do your part in making environmentally friendly changes to your home and within your community. Here are some ideas to start.
Perhaps the first thing you can do to go green in your home is to replace your appliances that aren’t eco-friendly. Take a look around you. If you’re snapping off a new paper towel every time you wash your hands, consider getting a high-quality cloth dish towel that’s naturally absorbent. Also, installing a low-flow showerhead can even save a family of four 42,000 gallons of water a year. Imagine how much more you’re saving if you add low-flow sinks and toilets to the mix. Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), meanwhile, will help you save 66 percent more energy. And light emitting diodes (LEDs) produce about 90 percent more energy than incandescent light bulbs. Making the switch to green utilities not only helps the planet, but it will also decrease your heating and electric costs, as well.
On that note, if you’re concerned about money, you’ll be pleased to note that solar panels have the potential to save our infrastructure systems billions of dollars. Those benefits apply to individual customers, too. By some estimates, the 20-year savings that homeowners who put solar panels on their home are projected to reap currently stands at about $20,000. In addition, going solar provides you with energy security since it seems fairly impossible for a company to monopolize the sun trade. Solar advocates also tout the reliability of solar energy, but they also point out that the sun doesn’t rise 24 hours a day. Hence the need for batteries that can store solar energy that you can tap into during the winter.
Isn’t a garden always green, you might be wondering? Well, mostly. Except when you spray pesticides, weed-killers, and fertilizers, which soaks into the ecosystem and can even taint our water supply. Instead, spread natural compost of egg shells, banana peels, or coffee grounds to enrich the soil. Know what’ll flourish in that kind of soil? A vegetable garden that you can eat out of, which you can do from the spring well into the fall. Also, buy a rain barrel and hook it into the downspout of your gutter so that you can help your plants grow with rainwater, rather than water that’s been piped through the sewer system.
Trash vs. Recycling
Thankfully, the number of landfills in the United States has declined from 7,683 in 1986 to 1,908 in 2009, which marks a 75 percent decline in those hazardous sites once known as “dumps.” Still, we can all do our part in continuing to recycle effectively. Here are some tips to start. Buy products in bulk (to cut down on packaging). Keep your recycling bins front and center in your home. Buy recycled paper and print on both sides of the pages. Recycle outdated technology you don’t use anymore. And avoid using disposables like plastics, lighters, and paper cups. After all, who doesn’t prefer sipping out of his very own coffee mug?
Although we can’t save the entire planet on our own, we can make small changes to our lifestyles that can have a far-reaching effect on the environment. With these small steps, you can do your part to ensure the planet remains healthy for future generations.