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Think Green in Three Simple Steps

Written on June 21, 2008 – 11:17 pm | by Rick

Going greenThink green doesn’t really mean you have to think of the various shades of green, or worse think maliciously of something or of someone.  Think green means to entertain thoughts that would pave way for certain ways or measures that you can undertake to help save our deteriorating environment.  There are many ways on how we can conserve energy and other natural resources.  All we have to do is just know and understand those ways, apply those ways in our daily living and try your best to share those ways and encourage others to adapt them.  If more and more people will begin caring more for the world they live in, their children and the children of the coming generations will still have a nice place to dwell in also.  Here are just three of the numerous ways on how to think green:

• Remember the 3Rs:  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Back in the office, within your organization and right at the comfort of your very own home you can reduce energy consumption, reuse materials to prevent energy wastage and recycle things to further conserve energy.  For one, reduce the amount of garbage by not patronizing anything that is disposable (plates and utensils, batteries, diapers, cups, etc.).  Go for the real thing.  Reduce the amount of water usage by using a manual sprinkler rather than an automated one.  Better, recycle rain water and use them on your plants.  Reuse those grocery bags and shopping bags.  The latter can be ideal for storing things like shoes and other paraphernalia.  First, buy recycled products.  Turn over those old bottles, cartons, newspapers and magazines to your local recycling plant.  Practice segregating your household waste:  separate the biodegradables to the non-biodegradables.
• Replace your existing light bulbs with those tagged as “energy-efficient bulbs”.

Sounds costly, right?  Yes, in one aspect it is since you have to buy many pieces of bulbs, but if you would look at it as a form of investment then it would not be difficult to do so.  As a matter of fact, it will be one terrific investment because those energy efficient light bulbs can help you cut down on your monthly electricity rate thus, make you pay less than the usual electric bill that is being charged to you.  How is that so?  Those energy-efficient bulbs are known as Light Emitting Diodes or simply LEDs.  These one-of-a-kind bulbs only consume 1.5 to 10 watts of electricity with the same brightness as incandescent bulbs!  In addition, it is more longer-lasting since it has a life cycle of eighth to 10 years!  Imagine how much energy and not to mention, money you can save by having them!

• Don’t just turn them off, unplug them.

I’m pertaining to your household appliances particularly those in the kitchen and the TV set.  You can save energy by unplugging them from the outlet since plugged in appliances, even if they are turned off, still manage to attract as much as 10-20% electricity especially if left for several hours.  It should be an SOP:  turn off then unplug.  That’s simple and that’s fast.


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