As Earth Day gets closer, the team here at Nature’s Flavors wants to keep sharing tips on how to love our planet! While recycling might be the first thing to come to mind, saving electricity is super important.
What Does Saving Electricity Do?
Surprisingly, when we make an effort to conserve electricity, it has a huge domino effect. It affects the air we breathe, our water, and the environment around us. Basically, by saving energy, we reduce both water and air resources which in turn, reduces our use of natural resources. Keep in mind, natural resources are not unlimited.
Energy + Pollution = ?
Air pollution is an overwhelming problem for our planet. In order to meet the global demand for energy, we burn what are called “fossil fuels”. For instance, we burn gas, coal, and oil in order to produce energy. In effect, this energy fuels everyday things such as cars, heating systems, and kitchens. As well as resourceful places such as power plants and factories.
By the same token, these fossil fuels are detrimental to human health and development. Constant inhalation of this air pollution can lead to asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks, and even poor brain development.
How Can I Help?
There are sooooo many ways to conserve energy, but we thought we’d give you the top 5 easiest ways to do this!
First, switch out all of your regular lightbulbs for LED ones! Standard lightbulbs waste 95% of the energy they use just to produce heat, which is SUCH a waste.
Second, set all of your computers and as many electronic devices as you can to hibernate or fall asleep. That way, if you walk away from the computer for a long period of time, it will reduce the amount of energy it’s using in idle.
Third, wash your clothes in cold water! Washing machines and laundry detergents work best with cold water, therefore saving you some money.
Fourth, regularly clean your appliances. Most washers, dryers, dishwashers, etc., have some sort of filter or drain that needs to be cleaned regularly. Leaving these parts of the appliances dirty overtime will just make them work harder which makes them use more energy.
Fifth, unplug everything you can when you aren’t using it! Idle energy usage is a real thing and can totally be avoided. Not to mention doing a combination of everything can significantly lower your electricity bill! I mean, who doesn’t love saving money?
There’s a lot we can do to help save energy, and it doesn’t have to be too difficult. If you’re interested in what else you can do to show our planet some love, check out Everyday Sustainability: Tips To Help Our Planet.