Earth day is right around the corner (April 22). Did you know that there are many small things that you can be doing in your everyday life to help make the Earth a greener and healthier place? The best part is that these small things are simple substitutions that are manageable to change in your daily lives!
We are all guilty of consuming too much energy in some way. Whether it be leaving the fridge open for an extended amount of time while putting the groceries away, leaving the TV on for hours on end and leaving the lights on in rooms that we aren’t in! Not only is it costing you a fair amount it is also driving your carbon footprint way up! An easy fix to help reduce your carbon footprint and save energy is to unplug your electronic devices and home appliances as well as turning off your lights and TV when you are not using them! Fun Fact – Turning off the lights can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 0.15 pounds per hour! Imagine how healthy the world could be in a few years if we all did this!?
How long are your showers? Are they longer than 15 minutes? When you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes do you leave the water running for an extended amount of time? It’s easy to forget to turn off the tap while doing these everyday tasks, however, did you know that if you turn the tap off while brushing your teeth or doing dishes you can save up to 200 gallons of water a month!? To put it into perspective for you, that’s enough water to fill a tank to hold up to 6 sharks! Next time you go to an aquarium take a look at the size of those tanks and you’ll be able to see how much water that actually is! An easy fix is to turn the tap off in between brushing and rinsing, take shorter showers and when doing dishes you can fill the sink up with water and use that water to wash and rinse!
Did you know that driving every day is hurting the environment? According to Natural Resources Canada, the “average vehicle with a 3-litre engine, every 10 minutes of idling costs 300 millilitres (over 1 cup) in wasted fuel – and one half of a litre (over 2 cups) if your vehicle has a 5-litre engine.” If you can carpool, take public transit, walk or ride a bike to work that would drastically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions footprint! Fun fact – staying off the road one day a week will reduce your greenhouse gas emissions footprint by 795 pounds per year.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – we are sure that many of you have heard this a million times. However, using reusable bags, water bottles, containers etc. will help to save the Earth. Reducing the amount of plastic that you use will in turn help to protect and save the oceans. Invest in reusable products to help save the environment!
Note – These are only some recommendations, there are many other simple fixes in your everyday life to help reduce your carbon footprint and save the planet! Is there something that you do in your everyday life that is benefitting the planet?
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