Resolution One: Go Green
I’ve gotten off to a slow start mainly because of financial reasons, but luckily I came across a website that looks like it might make things a bit easier.
CoolMove.Org is a site dedicated to providing little tips on how we can reduce our carbon footprint. From energy saving lightbulbs to frugal flushing, they’re all things that someone renting a flat like me can do.
Here are some good ones I’m going to try and implement on the asap:
Tip #10 :: Take a shorter shower
Showering accounts for about 20 percent of the water used in the home and it takes a lot of energy to heat that water. Reducing your shower time by five minutes will save you from heating 15 to 30 gallons of water each time.
Tip #18 :: Unplug your cell phone charger when you’re not using it
Even when turned off, things like microwaves, cell phone chargers and televisions use energy.
Tip #21 :: Put a recycling bin next to your trash can
This is an easy and convenient way to remember to recycle more often.
Tip #32 :: Eat Local
According to some sources, food travels an average of 1,200 miles to get to your plate, and accounts for thirty percent of the goods transported by road. Try to find locally produced food to cut down on these unnecessary emissions.
Tip #44 :: Lunchtime
Pack your lunch in tupperware containers that can be reused each day
These are all things I don’t do, through laziness more than anything else. I reckon 2007’s going to be the year that we start to take this go-green thing seriously. If you’ve got any other eco tips, pass ’em on!