As adults, we have an obligation to take care of the environment so that our children can live in a clean, healthy earth. People have abused the environment for too long and if we do not get a handle on this problem, then are quality of life will suffer in the future. We will be more vulnerable to diseases, deadly bacterias, and opportunistic infections. Many people just give lip service to preserving our planet and never really do much about it. The good news is that it does not take money and just a little time out of each day to keep our world clean. You do not have to change your lifestyle and you can feel good about the contribution you are making to the planet. The following five things can help the environment:

Drive Your Vehicle Less

If your destination is only a couple of blocks away, do you really need to drive your vehicle? Why not walk and get some exercise? When you drive your vehicle, you are using greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide, which increases air pollution and makes it harder for us to breathe. In fact, many environmentalists consider carbon monoxide to be the number one problem in fighting global warming. Public transportation is an outstanding alternative to using your vehicle and it is cheaper and is not as harmful to the environment. According to one study, if Americans only used their vehicles twice a week, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 1,600 pounds every year! Riding your bicycle is another alternative and will help you burn calories and stay in shape. It is a win-win situation.

Reduce Waste

Leaky water from faucets are one of the biggest wastes of our natural resources. According to one environmental study, Americans use nearly 200 million gallons of water. When you are done washing dishes, or taking a shower, be sure the faucet is completely turned off. Just doing something this simple can help the environment. If your faucet needs fixing, get it done as soon as possible. Whatever products you buy, make sure that you use them.

Recycle! Recycle!

You can never overestimate the importance of recycling. Take some time out of each day to put newspapers, bottles, cardboard, aluminum cans, and other items into your recycling bin. Recycling these products can help reduce air pollution and help keep your neighborhood clean. You can also make some extra cash with cans by taking them to a recycling company. If your neighborhood does not have a recycling program, then you should consider starting one. Contact your local alderman about how to start one and work with neighbors. Every week, you could have a recycling contest and one of your neighbors could win a prize, or you could raise money to help children in the neighborhood. Donating used clothes to the less fortunate is also a great way to help the environment and give you a warm feeling inside.

Conserve Energy

It is estimated that you can reduce your energy by as much as 50% if you fix leaks in your home. Insulating your home is the best thing you can do to save money and keep your home efficient. Be smart when it comes to using light bulbs too, because it is the number one enemy of energy conservation. You should use compact fluorescent lamps instead of traditional light bulbs. These lamps cost more, but they are more efficient and last longer. No matter which form of lighting you use, make sure that you turn it off when you are done.

Conserve Electricity

You can help the environment by reducing your electricity consumption. After you are finished using your computer or watching television, turn these devices off. There is no reason to waste this electricity if you do not have to. If you do this, you might be surprised at how much money you save on your monthly bill. If you are using a device such as a cell phone, try to use a rechargeable battery instead of a non-rechargeable one. Non-rechargeable batteries pose a greater risk to the environment. If you are cooking on your stove, do not use it any longer than you have to and be sure that you turn it off.

If you drive your vehilcle less, reduce waste, recycle, conserve energy and electricity, then you will be doing your part in keeping the environment clean and healthy for everyone.

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