Most of the readers of this blog are people who would love to make a smaller footprint in the environment, and they are always looking for ways to make small changes in their lives in order to accomplish this goal. Here are a few tips that we’ve come up with that can make it very easy to save some energy, materials, and even time.
Use A Reusable Coffee Cup
We know; some people just have to have their morning pick me up. And that’s fine! However, do you really need to get a disposable paper cup and plastic lid every time you go to the cafe? Recently I got a Keepcup, a small glass coffee cup that I can reuse. It saves a cup every time I visit the coffee shop, and it adds up really fast. What if everyone saved 365 paper coffee cups and lids per year? Think of how much we could all save! Remember: every little bit helps, and every little bit really adds up if everyone gets on board.
The baristas really like my little Keepcup. It’s nice looking, and I get a bit of satisfaction every time I use it. Also, I avoid that papery taste that often infects the cups I use. Other people have also commented on it and it’s quite popular.
Turn Off Your PC When You’re Not Using It
I am always shocked at the amount of people that leave their computers running 24/7. When I asked one of my friends about why he does this, he replies that he hates how long it takes to boot up the computer when he wants to use it. I can understand this; I know how frustrating it is to have a slow computer that takes ages to boot up. However think of how much energy you could save by turning it off when you’re not using it? Many computers use a lot of power, especially desktop computers and monitors.
If you’re not happy with the performance of your computer, why not clean it out so that it boots up faster? If you’ve got spyware or malware then getting rid of it with a software tool such as Spyhunter is a great way to get things running smoothly again. If you have to clean out junk files, then a program such as PC Health Advisor or RegCure could be the ticket to a faster computer that boots up more quickly. We Hate Malware is a great blog that outlines these different programs and why you might want to use them. Check it out for other PC tips that could help you rehabilitate your sluggish computer.
Ride Your Bike!
This goes without saying, but I like to remind people now and then that biking is a great alternative to starting up your car and driving down to the local bar or coffee shop. Not only do you save gas, but you give yourself a lot of good exercise. Sometimes I definitely need to be reminded that biking is an option, so that’s why I put it here.
Here’s a video with more energy saving tips for around your home: