Think you don’t have time to be green? Here are seven small things you can do that have a big impact.
The recent election probably quashed the chances for far-reaching climate or clean-energy legislation at the federal level, and with the Republican takeover of the House, even the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions may be in jeopardy. In other words, the pressure is on for states, localities, and individuals to do their part to lighten America’s footprint. Now, nobody expects the average person to save the planet. First, it takes time. Second, a lot of us often tell ourselves “someone else will do it.” But even if both are true, there are things individuals can do without breaking a sweat. So if you happen to be on the fence about whether you can easily be a greener guy or gal, we’d like to respond with a resounding “yes you can.” Here are seven ways to get started.
Turn the Knob
Plain and simple, laundry day is a heat sucker. It turns out that 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heating the water. Our solution: wash your clothes in cold water. The benefits are threefold. You end up with clean clothes, you reduce that nasty carbon footprint of yours, and you could save more than $100 a year. Not bad for a turn of the washing-machine knob…
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Written by: Ian Yarett
Date: November 8 2010