1. Switch Search Engines
Ecosia is a search engine that donates its surplus income to tree planting. Since its founding in December 2009 the website has raised over $1.5 million for Rainforest protection. When you search with Ecosia, you’re helping to plant trees in Burkina Faso in Africa. Ecosia gives at least 80% of its surplus income to help improve the climate and makes lives better in the region. The trees will also form a section of Africa’s Great Green Wall.
2. Take Part in Meatless Monday
Meatless Monday was founded in 2003 as an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. The goal of the program is to reduce meat consumption by 15% for our personal health and the health of the planet.
3. Buy A Smart Power Strip
Smart power strips work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode. Doing so may save you some serious cash. Statistics vary, but experts say standby power consumption in an average home ranges from 5 percent to 10 percent of your household energy consumption. It can also account for about 1 percent of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions
4. Go Paperless
A rather obvious switch that we can make is to go paperless. Make simple changes like request paperless statements for your bills or signing up for direct deposit with your employer will make a dramatic difference for the environment, not only by using less paper but also by reducing the pollution generated by transporting those papers to your home.
5. Use A Water Bottle
Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health.
6. Switch to LED Bulbs
LED bulbs can be expensive, but buying a few of them to put in your house can save a lot of money and energy in the long run. They last 10 times as long as compact fluorescents and ages longer than incandescents. In terms of heat, they only produce 3.4 BTUs per hour as opposed to 85 for incandescents, which contribute to heat build-up in rooms and can raise the cost of air conditioning. At first, you’re paying more for the bulbs, but over time, the cost is saved because you’re buying less of them.