With many of the natural resources humans need for their survival in desperately short supply, conserving these resources has becomes a major concern for many people around the world. Many organizations have been formed over the past decade for the purpose of raising awareness about the global threat we are all facing if we do not start conserving. Finding new sources for oil, such as unconventional oil, has also been an important topic of debate among politicians, business leaders and environmental activists. So how can the average person make an impact? Here are some of the things that people can do every day to conserve resources and help the environment.
1. Washing machine
One of the most common places water is wasted by millions of people around the world is in the washing machine. People wash small loads of clothes, but forget to set the water limiter for a small load. Therefore, a massive amount of water gets used to wash a minimal amount of clothes. Not only is this water wasted, the person’s water bill will be much higher as a result. Older washing machines do not even have an option to limit the amount of water being used based on how many clothes you are washing. These old machines use the same amount of water for every load, regardless of how small it is. Therefore, you should save up your dirty clothes and only wash them when you have a large load. By doing this, it is possible to save as many as 1,000 gallons of water every month.
2. Watering your lawn
If you are fortunate enough to have a beautiful lawn, you will want to do whatever you can to keep it looking green and healthy. If you live in a very hot climate, this can be easier said than done. If you slack off on watering your lawn, you could end up with grass that is brown and burned out. However, if you simply turn on your sprinklers during the middle of the day when the temperature outside is the highest, you will be doing your water bill and the environment a major disservice. You should wait until the sun has started to set in the evening to water your lawn. This will prevent your sprinkler water from evaporating in the hot sun, enabling more of it to reach the soil beneath your grass.
3. Light bulbs
Fluorescent light bulbs are truly one of the best investments you can make in your home. While it is true that these bulbs are more expensive than the standard light bulbs you have been buying all of your life, this initial investment will eventually pay off for you in the form of savings on your electric bill each month. Not only do fluorescent bulbs use a fraction of the electricity that traditional bulbs do, they will also last much longer.
4. Plastic bags
Plastic bags have become a major environmental concern in recent years. The reasons for this is the fact that they take an enormous amount of time to break down when they are thrown away. Since pretty much all stores use them, all of those bags going into landfills is a major problem. As a result of this, many people are now using reusable bags when they do their shopping.
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