Those living in the Internet age have a tremendous thirst for energy. For those who want to scale back their energy consumption, whether it’s in a house or an apartment, these simple green living tips may be just what you’ve been looking for.
#1: Upgrade Your Technology
Just because your old desktop PC still works fine, or that tabletop TV still fulfills your needs doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about replacing them. Smaller, faster technologies that use less energy will help you reduce the amount of power you consume, and they’ll give you access to the latest options when it comes to your entertainment and work. Smartphones and tablets are just two examples of cleaner, greener machines at work. For bonus green points make sure you take your old technology to an electronics recycling facility.
#2: Use Green Energy (For Your Smaller Electronics)
Powering your entire home off of solar energy is an expensive proposal, and something that apartment dwellers simply can’t do. You can, however, power your everyday devices like laptops, tablets, cell phones, etc. with solar energy. All you need is a portable, window-mounted plug that turns sunlight into electricity. Usable in your car, at the office, or in your home, your cell phone may never pull energy from the grid again.
#3: Cut Your Total Power Usage
The best way to leave a smaller footprint is to use as little energy as possible. That doesn’t mean you need to live like a mountain man though; just think about how much power you’re using. Does your bathroom need a 60 watt light bulb, or can you see just fine with a 40 watt bulb? How much energy would you save by switching to fluorescent bulbs? Instead of turning on an entire bank of lights, why not just turn on a smaller lamp when reading?
The list goes on, including things like not turning on heat or AC unless absolutely necessary, keeping your hot water usage down to a minimum, and using surge protectors to stop your devices from drawing power when they aren’t on. The point is that everyone has at least a few wasteful energy habits, and curbing those habits (such as only watching 1 hour of TV a day instead of 5) is one of the best ways to decrease demand on the power grid, lower the overall amount of power you’re using, and to live a cleaner, greener life.
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