Small steps. That’s what it takes to help contribute something to Mother Earth. Small steps aren’t hard to accomplish. While others make a huge effort to become involved, such as joining and participating in eco-drives, you can do these small gestures daily and still make a lot of difference. The idea is to cultivate a routine and a rhythm that you can incorporate in your life as regularly as breathing.
Here are some tips:
1. Green proponents will tell you to use your car less and walk or bike more when going some place else. However, if this is impossible, you can change your driving habits to produce less carbon footprint. Avoid using the gas accelerator so often and so quickly and before you have to go on long trips, make sure that the important parts (like the brakes, for instance) are in good working order. Regularly subject your car to a tune up and oil change, as maintenance is not only good for your vehicle, but also for the environment. If you need to gas up, choose a gas facility offering cleaner, greener fuel. These are cropping up everywhere, so you actually have an option.
2. At home, appliances have to always be in good working order. If they are not, they need to be repaired, because dysfunctional appliances take more effort to work and use of power twice as much. Airconditioning, heaters, radiators and the like also need to be regularly cleaned. Water tanks and other problems with plumbing should be attended to right away, too.
3. Whether you’re at home or in the office, practice turning off lights and unplugging electricity when something is not in use. Even if the company you work for pay for the power expenses, you’re still responsible for using up resources of the earth and you need to minimize this.
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