We all share a part in keeping our planet safe for future generations. We do not want to one day wake up in some dystopian future decades from now where we cannot even go outside without wearing a mask. Set a good example for your friends and family by adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Here are a number of different ways to help the environment.
The first thing you want to do is limit your use of electricity. If you are not in a room, turn off the light. If you are not using an electrical device, turn it off. Unplug any device that is not in use. Remember, even if a device is turned off, current can be leaking through the outlet. Also, make sure to turn your computer and monitor off when you are not using them.
When it comes to the thermostat, do not strive for the optimal comfortable temperature at all times. Raise or lower it by a number of degrees to where you can tolerate the heat or cold. You might be surprised that you can handle a greater variation in temperature than you think. In the winter, consider wearing a sweater or scarf around the house to lower the temperature you can withstand. In the summer, consider turning the air conditioner off and using a fan. Also, make sure to close the vents in rooms you are not using when you have the air on.
Try not to waste electricity on gadgets you do not need. A great example is an electric treadmill that so many people use to get a workout. There is no reason that you cannot job outside unless the weather is inclement. In those cases consider jogging in place or taking up an aerobics routine.
An even better way to get your exercise is to junk the car for a bicycle. You can get your exercise while not contributing to air pollution and the use of scarce fossil fuels. If riding a bicycle is not an option in your area, then consider carpooling with friends to work. Ideally the car should have high gas mileage to limit the pollution. Planning your days carefully so you get many things done on one trip can also be beneficial in reducing car usage. Finally, consider taking public transportation such as a bus or subway if that option is available to you.
Changing the way you eat can also dramatically affect the environment. Start with cutting back on meat and milk products. A lot of biomass is required to nourish meat products. It is an incredibly inefficient way to get calories. Instead, consider adopting a healthy high carb vegan diet. Doing this can also give you the side benefits of being more healthy and losing weight.
You want to check for leaks in your house. Leaks are a frequent source of water waste. To conserve water, also install low-flow toilets and showers. Be sure to use that shower as well and avoid baths which are a huge waste of water.
These examples only represent a small sample of ways to help the environment. Make a habit of introducing new ways of living that treat our ecosystem responsibly. Your children will thank you for it one day.