Going Green – Essay

Going Green

If you have ever thought of going green and saving money as you preserve the environment, you will be surprised to know there are several ways to do so. Everyone can play a role in keeping the environment both clean and safe. The small steps that you will take to stop climate change will go a long way. They will make your life better and our future generations will thank
this generation for living more sustainably.

Meaning

Going green involves taking steps to reduce your energy usage, to minimize wastage of power and resources and utilizing renewable sources of energy. Using energy saver bulbs, installing low-flow showerheads and walking or riding to work instead of driving are some of the measures you can take reduce strain on the environment and save some cash. People who have decided to go green do not throw away trash carelessly and turn off lights that are not in use. Given the current rate of environmental degradation, there is an urgent need to have everyone go green to derive maximum benefit from Mother Nature.

Ways to Go Green

Reduce your utility bills

Install CFLs (compact fluorescent) bulbs when your conventional tungsten bulbs burn out. Also, adjust your thermostat to a few degrees lower during the cold season and a few degrees higher during the hot seasons to minimize the energy consumed during heating and cooling. Any appliances that are not in use should be unplugged or you can use modern smart power trips capable of sensing when appliances are off. Wash your clothes using cold water whenever possible.

Go green with trash

Make an effort to recycle your trash because they fill up landfills. Some of the items that can be recycled are cardboard boxes, plastic containers and bottles and unclassified paper like newspaper and magazines. Look at some of your trash with a creative; you can turn your egg carton into, say, a toy, old boot into a planter or any other item you deem will be useful to you. Do you often discard a lot of food waste? Turn them into compost and save some cash. Use a vermicompost, a box specifically designed to compost kitchen scraps such as leftover vegetables and fruits among other food wastes.

Tips for Going Green

  • Hang dry clothes as opposed to using the clothes drier.
  • Repair leaky faucets including the sinks, water, and shower heads.
  • Carry your own greed bags when going for your groceries so as to reduce the use of plastics.
  • Reduce your usage of packed food items, Recycle old plastic containers and Reuse scrap paper.

Conclusion

Destroying the environment will cost us dearly. From depleting natural resources to destroying habitats of some members of the ecosystem, the effects are disastrous.
Luckily, there are several ways to go green. Some of them are so simple and cheap anyone can use to their advantage. So, if you care about the environment and want to take an active role to make a difference, identify the method that you can use and make your contribution.

By: Joni Kim

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