As the government and manufacturers
throughout the world are starting to take some actions when it comes to creating a more
eco-smart and friendly place, the next step is for consumers to become better at
making smart choices during their shopping.
One of the problems linked to consumption is that with many new eco-friendly products, they are often more expensive and difficult to find than the regular
products and as the economy is not stable today it can be hard to afford the
right products even if you wanted to. This can make for difficult decisions for
many people but as the economy begins to even out the choice should be simple;
save the earth through your small actions.
When we refer to actions that are small
this certainly does not mean they are insignificant. Small actions can be
choosing to turn off your computer at night to save electricity and choosing to
buy eco-friendly car insurance for your car. Many people are under the
impression that these small actions are not enough to make an impact on global
warming. The irony of this type of thinking is that when we all feel this way it
is true. But on the other hand when we each make this global warming prevention
conscious decisions throughout the day we are making a big difference
As one of the largest and most
influential countries in the world it is important to take note that how we
begin to prevent global warming through individual gestures we are quite
literally setting the example for the rest of the world. First and foremost we
need to focus on conserving the energy we use throughout the day. By paying
attention to the amount of energy we use in a day it is easy to see just how
much has been wasted over the years. There are energy conserving light bulbs
which can be purchased and the simple act of turning off lights, electronics and
conserving your heat and air conditioning throughout the year in order to do
Temperature control meaning heating
and cooling your house account on average for 60% of the energy used within an
average household. To the ones that question how
much can be saved in that area think again; the average home in Western Europe
(in countries that enjoy a similar GNP than the US) uses less than half the
energy used in America. How do they do it? For one think energy has always been
a lot more expensive there than in the US and therefore, Europeans have always
been a lot more careful on how they use energy. In the same vein, education on
energy preservation and the environment as a whole has been there for
generations both in school and in the media (TV, radio…), sensitizing the
Europeans to a much higher level than in the US. So specifically how do they do
it: better insulation (wall, roofs, windows), use of thermostat, wearing more
layers in winter and dressing light in summer, that last one requires a mental
shift as we have been raised in a certain idea of what comfortable temperature
in our house is which doesn’t not allow for much variation. Another tendency we
have is to close every part of the house to protect ourselves against germs,
pollution…. Whether it is actually proven that the average household has five
times more pollution indoor as opposed to outdoor.
Appliances can be another large
problem when it comes to conserving energy. The
problem with older appliances is not only that we don’t realize they are a
problem but that they literally suck dry our energy throughout the day. Although
many people believe it is still cheaper to keep their old appliances you will
see a big difference in your electrical bill when you replace them with new and
Next it is important to consider fuel
efficiency for driving. With more and more fuel efficient vehicles being
produced today and even eco-friendly insurance for your vehicles this is a large
step in the right direction. Of course you are not expected to rush out and buy
a new vehicle to help with global warming prevention but for those of you
interested in buying a new vehicle, think fuel efficiency. Combine this with
driving less and you are really making an impact in the global warming
Having looked at the ways to stop global
warming with regards to transportation, you can now focus on disposing of
household waste products like old bottles, newspapers, excess paper, tins,
unwanted toys, food and other such items. As there are many different types of
household waste items to look at you should separate the ones that you have and
dispose of them in this manner.
For instance you can make compost for
your garden from food stuff like onion peelings, tea leaves, spoiled vegetables
and fruit can be turned into compost. The items like tins, old bottles, papers
and newspapers can be taken to recycling centers where they will be eventually
taken for recycling.
You can take your old clothes, toys and
other goods to charity shops so that someone else will have the chance of using
them. This way you can prevent the many garbage dumps from becoming too full.
This is another way to stop global warming that seldom crosses our minds.
Appliances can be the largest problem
when it comes to conserving energy. The problem with older appliances is not
only that we don’t realize they are a problem but that they literally suck dry
our energy throughout the day. Although many people believe it is still cheaper
to keep their old appliances you will see a big difference in your electrical
bill when you replace them with new and eco-friendly appliances.
Aside from these larger actions there
are dozens of different choices that can be made throughout the day in order to
help with global warming prevention.
- Buy only what you need. The first
rule to not pollute (or waste or save money) is to not buy unnecessary
items. The current economical situation is for different reasons moving us
in that direction.
- Reduce the size of your yard and
therefore reducing the amount of lawn that needs to be cut, you can also
follow with the next advice
- Grow your own vegetable garden, it
is both educational, practical and rewarding (plus you can eat organic food
that way). Once you get good at it it will also save you money.
- Recycle as much as possible. Make
this second nature, there are no excuses not to do so, the information is
available, most cities provides different bins, just do it.
- Eat locally produced foods. Do we
need to drink water that comes from the other side of the planet? Fruits
from other continents especially when they are also available from your
- Choose clean energy options.
Whether you are buying cleaning products, personal hygiene, clothing… there
are so many options nowadays of non toxic, natural products, just be aware
when you are shopping
- Paint your home a light color if
you live in a warmer climate and a dark color if you live in a cooler
climate. This can contribute saving up to 5000 pounds of carbon dioxide per
It is completely normal to find it hard
to adapt to these types of lifestyle changes and this is why it becomes
important to think of the big picture. By choosing to accommodate to these
changes in your life, you are doing your part to prevent global warming and this
should make you feel good inside. Although we may not be the ones who suffer the
most from global warming we can choose to take action today in order to prevent
any disasters in the future. Global warming is real and the more we begin to
accept and understand what is going on around us the more likely we will be able
to stop it.