Reducing your energy consumption can become a pretty intuitive thing. EnviroCitizen.org has found that all you have to do is take a look at your daily activities and see if there are alternatives that don’t require as much energy. There are many simple things you can do to reduce your energy consumption, which will help you lessen your carbon footprint and environmental impact.
EnviroCitizen.org has compiled the following questions to help you make some better energy choices throughout your day:
- Start with your morning routine. Do you use a hair dryer? If so, consider letting your hair air dry.
- What do you eat for breakfast? You could reduce your energy consumption by eating fresh, whole foods like a banana. The more processed a food is, the more energy it requires to make. Organic whole foods are also much healthier for you!
- How do you get to work? Do you drive alone to work every day? Consider carpooling, utilizing public transportation or biking to work.
- When you leave your house do you turn off all of the lights? Do you turn off your computer? Before you leave your home, get in the routine of turning everything off. Even better, you can unplug appliances that you don’t need such as your television. Most appliances continue to draw energy even if they’re turned off.
- What do you eat for lunch? Again, the more processed a good is the more energy is required to make it. Fast food is one of the worst offenders and certainly the least healthy, so opt for whole foods.
- Once you get home from work, what do you do? Do you turn on the television? Consider doing different activities that don’t require energy. Maybe you could play a card game with your kids or go on a bike ride.
- What are you eating for dinner? Dinner is no exception to the rule that you stuck to for breakfast and lunch. Instead of eating processed foods, choose local, organic, whole foods. You’ll reduce emissions from transport, chemical use and the energy required processing the foods.
You may be wondering what else you can do to reduce your energy consumption. Instead of buying new clothes, even if they’re made from organic cotton and/or sustainable practices, consider buying second-hand clothing. By reusing clothing, you can reduce your energy consumption. Even if a shirt is made from organic cotton, the materials used still require energy to be harvested, processed, and transported.
There are many ways to reduce your energy consumption. Examine your routine throughout the day and ask yourself one question: Is there an alternative that uses less energy? EnviroCitizen.org has found that there will typically be an alternative that will leave you with decreased energy dependence and a smaller carbon footprint. Start evaluating your day today!