Often times people think ‘going green’ will be a huge inconvenience to them and their lifestyle. It’s not that they don’t care about the environment, but they can’t commit to the extra effort so they just don’t do it. We’re here to give you 5 easy tips to reduce your carbon footprint and your utility bills without having to go out of your way!
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
If your appliances are outdated it may be time for an upgrade. Although there is an initial investment upfront upgrading your appliances to ENERGY STAR appliances will save you money in the long run. One the average, a new ENERGY STAR certified washing machine uses 280 KWh of electricity and can save you $40 a year on your utility bills compared to a standard model. A full-sized ENERGY STAR certified washer uses 13 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. That’s a savings of 3,000 gallons of water, per year! Similarly, a dishwasher built before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle. A new, ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher will save, on average, 1,600 gallons of water over its lifetime.
Switch Off Power Strips
Many idle electronics, like TVs, DVD players and stereos use energy even when switched off. By plugging them into a switch off power strip you can easily switch it off before bed and conserve energy and shave some dollars off your electrical bill.
If your washing machine has a setting for the amount of clothing you’re washing, choose a low setting—you’ll use less water and your clothes will be just as clean. Another tip is to wash your clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot water. By using less hot water when washing your clothes you can save as much as 500 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Change A Bulb
Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light (CFLs) can save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. They produce the same amount of light and use 1/3 of the electricity. What’s even better is they last up to 10 times longer so less work for you when it comes to changing light bulbs!
Clean Your Commute
Reduce your carbon footprint by cleaning your commute! Active transportation is a great way to decrease your carbon footprint while improving your health. Switching from driving to an active transportation option like biking just 2 days per week will reduce the average Canadian’s carbon output by 0.5 tonnes Another way to clean your commute is to use public transit. Buses on average take 57 cars off the road and thus greatly reduce green house gas (GHG ) emissions. Taking the subway reduces GHG emissions by about one sixth of the emissions from taking the car.
Make everyday Earth Day and GO GREEN!