We are discussing various ways we can help take care of our environment. These are only a few ways you can help save the environment at home and at school. If you have any more good tips to add, just email me and I'll post your idea. Remember, think green!
*Turn off the lights in empty rooms at home, and ask my teachers to do the same at school.
*Turn off the radio, television and other electronics when I’m not using them.
*Ask my parents to buy florescent light bulbs, or light bulbs that are labeled as energy efficient.
*Open the drapes and window shades on cold, sunny days to let in heat from the sun. This way, my heater won’t have to work so hard.
*Close drapes and window shades on summer days. This way, my air conditioner won’t have to work so hard.
*Make sure the heating and cooling vents in my house are not blocked or covered.
*Put on a sweater or put an extra blanket on my bed if I get chilly, instead of turning up the heat.
*Open windows and use fans instead of turning on the air conditioning on warm days. Opening windows that are across from each other will let a nice breeze into the house.
*Ask my parents to make sure our house is properly insulated.
*Decide what I want to eat before I open the refrigerator door.
*Walk or ride my bike to my friends’ houses instead of asking my parents to drive me.
*Ask my parents to carpool when possible.
*Ask my parents to combine short car trips, such as running errands or driving me to activities, instead of making lots of individual trips.
*Run dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers only when they are full.
*Turn the water off when I brush my teeth.
*Look for leaky faucets and ask my parents to fix them.
*Ask my parents to install water-saving devices in our shower heads and toilets.
*Take short showers instead of baths, and remember not to turn the water on too hot. It takes a lot of energy to heat that much water.
*Recycle at home and ask my teachers to start a recycling program at school.
*Avoid overpackaged products and buy products made from or packaged in recycled materials. It takes less energy to produce a recycled product than a new one.
*Keep my eyes and ears open for more ways to conserve energy to help the environment.