1. Go paperless!
Reducing the amount of paper we use everyday has gotten easier over the years. Every year in the United States, 69 million tons of paper and paperboard are printed out. (1)
In order to reduce the amount of paper you use, consider emailing over mailing, saving your files on your computer over printing them out, and if you absolutely need a physical copy, print it double sided.
2. Use Low Energy Light Bulbs
There is a stereotype that Low Energy Light Bulbs are expensive and are weak; barely lighting the room. This is old news! Today you can get Low Energy Light Bulbs that are cost efficient and are very bright. While the low energy light bulbs may be more expensive than the average light bulb, they last much longer so you save money in the long run. By using earth friendly bulbs, you are reducing your carbon footprint and saving money.
3. Reduce driving (Carbon Emissions)
As many are aware, car emissions are the number one threat to global warming today. If you commute to work, try walking, biking or taking public transportation. An ebike such as the FLEX from Revelo Electric is a great tool of getting from one place to another without the carbon emissions and expensive gasoline prices.
If you absolutely must use a car to work, try scheduling a carpool with a coworker or friend. Use a combination of transports, for instance, keep your FLEX folding ebike on your car's trunk, and whenever possible, use it for small trips of less than 5 kilometers.
When you are driving, try reducing your air conditioning use, and avoid busy streets where you will be idling. This will not only allow you to save on gas (which can be quite costly nowadays), but also reduce carbon emissions from your car.
4. Insulate your home
Applying eco-friendly insulation to your house or apartment is an awesome way to save money on your heating bill and reduce your carbon footprint. It is beneficial to install insulation into your home because it prevents air from leaving your house. Whether you use eco friendly cellulose, sheep wool, eco fibreglass, or spray foam, you are still getting the job done. It is important to research insulation in order to get the right fit for your home. Questions to consider when buying insulation are: Is this type of insulation safe? What is the cost? Is it flame resistant? All these questions are important to ask when considering insulation of your home.
Did you know that 75% of waste is recyclable? Despite this, people only recycle 30% of their waste. (2) Research more about what products and materials are recyclable or not, according to the municipal bylaws. When it comes to recycling batteries, visit your city’s website to find out about local facilities where you can drop off them. Also, some cities allow mailing used batteries to the facilities.