This was written by Victor Daily of Eljo.
The world we live in today is polluted, abused and degraded by no one else but us; the human race. We have turned certain parts of our planet almost into wastelands. Carbon emissions are going up every year, billions of gallons of water go to waste, millions of acres of forest are cleared, toxic chemicals are dumped in oceans leading to decimation of aquatic life; the least is endless. Governments are simply not doing enough to stop this madness and save the planet and therefore it is important that each and every one of us does their part to mitigate this senseless degradation.
More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers that such actions pose to our own existence and the planet in general. A significant number of people are now aware of the global warming phenomenon and what it portends for us in the long run. As a result there has been an awakening, a revolution of sorts aimed at reversing the damage already done. If you are not already on the bandwagon, it is not too late to get on board and make a difference.
So maybe you are wondering how you can be part of the solution. It is quite simple really, you do not have to go out on the streets demonstrating- placard in hand. You can actually make a difference right at home with the various appliances that you use on a daily basis. The idea here is to use them in a more eco friendly manner, and here are a few tips.
1. Once you are done with the various appliances, do not just switch them off, unplug them as well. It has been established that most appliances will continue to draw energy from power sockets even when they are not in use and therefore unplugging them will not only save you on electricity bills, but it is also good for the environment.
2. Avoid doing the laundry when there are really not so many clothes to wash as this will consume a lot of energy, water and even deplete your laundry detergent faster. Wait for the clothes to pile up and wash them all at a go. Also, there is really no need of washing clothes with hot water, cold water will get the job done just as well.
3. When cooking, ensure that there is a lid on whatever you are using to cook your food. This will speed up the cooking process and reduce the amount of energy used in the entire process; good for bills and good for the planet.
4. This is something that pretty much everyone is guilty of at one time or another: leaving the fridge door open. Most people have a habit of opening the fridge just to look at what is inside at times without any intention of picking anything. This causes the fridge to work harder hence consuming more energy. So, as addictive a habit as it is, try to avoid it. Also make sure that the seal on the door is well in place and if not, have it replaced.
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