How You Can Be Lazy and Still Save the Environment

The Environment Needs You Now

Like many people, you’re probably aware that now is the time to protect the environment and our vanishing natural resources. As environmental concerns are increasingly prevalent at the national and international level, saving the environment might seem like a daunting and overwhelming task. While you can’t solve the world’s environmental problems on your own, you can certainly do your part to help! What’s even better is that many improvements can be made without even leaving your own home. From recycling to turning off lights when they’re not in use, here are some easy and effective ways to make the environment a little bit better.

Saving The Environment From The Couch

With many ways to improve the environment without getting off the couch, there’s no excuse not to help! One of the easiest and most effective ways to save energy is turning off unnecessary lights. You can even keep the lights off when you’re watching TV or working on the computer, as the screens will produce enough light for you to see. Plugging your appliances and devices into a power strip is another way to save electricity. An added bonus of reducing your electricity usage is that you’ll cut down on your electricity bill! Logging onto your Facebook or other social media account can also help the environment. How? Next time you are on your profile, share a post or “like” an environmental organization that promotes environmental responsibility. This makes your friends and peers more aware of current environmental issues. When you’re making a list or taking notes, write on your computer, tablet, or phone to avoid wasting paper.

Environmental Protection At Home

Around your house, there are also plenty of ways to reduce your environmental footprint. First, air dry if possible. Letting your clothes and hair dry naturally saves energy. To reduce water consumption, take a shower instead of a bath. A 5-10 minute shower uses considerably less water than filling up a bathtub to soak. At mealtime, try to reduce your meat consumption and replace meats with plant proteins. Plants require fewer resources and put less of a strain on the environment. Next, swap out older light bulbs with newer, more energy-efficient bulbs. This saves both money and energy! Finally, separate items for recycling instead of throwing everything in the trash. If you have a garden or lawn, you can also recycle organic waste products by composting. This creates nutrient-rich fertilizer for grass, plants, and vegetables.

Making Improvements Around Town

From keeping your car properly maintained to shopping local, there are practical things you can do to help the environment around town. If you’re looking to clear out your cabinets, consider donating unused non-perishable food items to a local pantry, provided they haven’t yet expired. You’ll be doing even more good, as you’ll be helping out less fortunate individuals in addition to helping the environment. If you travel frequently, get a reusable water bottle and mug for your coffee or tea. That way you’ll be using fewer paper and plastic cups. At the office, ask to have the heating and AC turned to the minimal comfortable setting instead of blasting hot or cold air. Take the initiative to start a recycling program if your company doesn’t have one, and keep your office and desk lights turned off when you’re not using them.

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