In honor of Halloween, we’ve been blogging throughout the month of October, about simple changes we all can make in our daily routine to fight the scary prospect of global warming by lowering our carbon footprint at home, work and while shopping. Here are three more:
- Going my way? Let’s ride together! Did you know that each individual car emits its own weight in carbon dioxide every year? By doubling up, and maybe stopping along the way to pick up one or two co-workers, you can take a few cars off the road. Or take public transit and wave smugly at smog hogs, before settling in with a good book for a stress-free ride. Bike to the local market for that loaf of bread, or walk to church, instead of driving. The health benefits of physical exercise, combined with one less car on the road for all those short trips, will leave you feeling great about your choices.
- Use gadgets wisely. A laptop can be up to 80 percent more energy-efficient than a desktop computer. But whatever electronic devices you’re using, remember to power them off when you’re finished. And don’t leave the power cord dangling from the outlet; it will still use a small amount of electricity. Small appliances like coffee makers, toasters, etc., also use power while plugged in and waiting. What’s the real hero of your kitchen? The microwave oven, especially when used to boil water.
- While you’re in the kitchen, remember to eat locally grown and organic foods whenever possible. An estimated 13% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions result from the producing and transporting food, and the fertilizers in non-organic foods are often fossil fuel-based. When you’re outfitting your kitchen, remember to look for refrigerators and dishwashers labeled “ENERGY STAR,” for superior energy efficiency.
As you start to implement some of these suggested lifestyle changes
, remember to share ideas with your coworkers, family and friends. They will probably eagerly embrace a few carbon-emission cutting techniques
suggested here and in our prior two blogs, and they will likely contribute a few good ideas of their own. And it wouldn’t hurt to make people you care about aware that they, too, can become impact investors by putting their dollars to work in clean, green renewable energy. Here at CEA
, we’d love to help them get started.