Monday, October 15, 2007

Think green. Have some mercy.

This post is my contribution to Blog Action Day, joining thousands of other bloggers to write about one topic for a single day. This year’s topic is the environment.

It will take a strong self-conscious will power to change your lives and to become a friend of the environment. But if you think for awhile about the money you can save while promoting a greener planet, you will be surprised. Take some of these for instance:

Keep your car tuned. A well-tuned car uses approximately nine percent less gas than a poorly tuned car, and you can lose about two percent in fuel economy for every pound of pressure your tire is under the recommended level. Savings: $150 per year.

Learn to drive. Rapid acceleration and braking can lower your gas mileage by five percent around town and 33 percent on the highway, or an average of $0.55 per gallon. And, you get less mileage for your money (23 percent less or $0.67 per gallon) if you drive over 60mph. Savings: $1.22 per gallon, or $634 per year.

Give your junk away. If you don’t have enough goods for tax deductions, remember, "One man’s junk is another man’s treasure." Use groups like Freesharing and Freecycle to move out unwanted items. You can find some great deals through these organizations as well.

Insulate your body in winter. In cold conditions, evaporation can quickly suck away warmth, especially if you’ve been active and then are stationary, leaving your skin exposed. Think of your body as a water heater and wrap yourself in insulating layers. Wear dark colors to absorb any outside light or heat energy.

Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). If an entire country (Australia) can do it, then you can do it too. But, wait until your current bulbs burn out before you make the switch so you don’t waste your money. Yes, CFL bulbs are more expensive, but even the cheapest energy saving CFLs will typically last for 5,000 hours compared to only just over 1,000 hours on average for the best conventional bulbs. You can save $30 or more in energy costs over each CFL bulb’s lifetime.

Plastic water bottles create small-scale environmental disasters. American demands for plastic water bottles requires the use of more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel approximately 100,000 U.S. cars for a year. Use filtered tap water in a reusable bottle, and you’ll save money as well as show the world that you’re green. Switch to a glass container at home or in the office, stainless steel when biking or bungee jumping or gymming.
Fore more of these energy and money saving tips head over here.

It's just not enough that we try our best to keep things green and clean around us; it'll be much more beneficial in the long run if we can convince our friends and family to take the green pledge too. And our generation, who have suddenly woken up to realise the need for a greener future, are best poised to take this up. So go ahead and tell your moms and dads, aunts and uncles why they should not litter in the public anymore, why they should not notch up the AC more than what is required and most importantly, why they should pass on the message. And soon-to-be moms and dads, let you your children learn to treat nature with respect along with their ABCs.


charu said...

Do whatever you can to save the Earth. Reduce Global warming, and protect Nature.Imagine life without Water in a few years,life with out so many animals, already endangered thanks to the pollution we are creating.
Keep it up.

And nice blog.Very impressive.

rinchen said...

:) About the notching up the AC more than necessary, I'm going to tell that to a few colleagues who insist on perpetually sitting in 16 degrees centigrade irrespective of all four seasons!