Are you concerned about the health of our planet? Are you ready to hear what you can do to save it?
We hear more bad news every day when it comes to global warming, dying oceans and endangered animals. It’s hard to know where to start. It may seem like the actions of one person won’t make a difference, but there are actually many ways you can help.
Here is our pick of top 10 simple actions that will help save the planet!
1. Give your computer a rest at night!
You are not the only one longing for a good night’s rest! How many of you leave your computer on sleep mode instead of shutting it down? You can help save 40 watts-hours per day which is about $14 per year. For those of you who are impatient to wait for your computer to load in the morning, you can program your computer to automatically start up a few minutes before your get to work or allow your computer some time to wake up while you enjoy your coffee!
2. Skip the Rinse!
Save up to 20 gallons of water with each dish washer load. You will be saving both your time and energy used to heat additional water. So do not rinse your dishes before using your dish washer and help our planet.
3. Avoid pre- heating the oven unless it is necessary
Unless you are baking breads and pastries, almost every other dish can go straight into the oven without pre-heating. A quick tip when you are checking on your dish is to use the oven window instead of frequently opening the door.
4 Help the environment by recycling glass
Did you know that recycling glass reduces air pollution by 20 % and water pollution by 50%? If not recycled, it can take millions of years to decompose. Instead of letting landfills pile up with glass objects, make sure you recycle it to reduce the threat to the environment.
5 Let the sunshine do the work for you
The sunshine is finally sweeping through as the summer heat rolls in! Make sure to get yourself a clothesline. Nothing beats the freshness of sun-dried clothes. Your wardrobe will maintain its fit and colour, and you’ll save money. Your favourite clothes will last longer as well.
6. There are two sides to every paper!
Save trees by using both sides of paper. A quick and easy way to make full use of the paper in the office is to set your printer’s default to print double sided (duplex printing). Do not forget to remind your team to recycle the paper when it’s all used up.
7. Think before you turn on the tap
Shorten your showers! Did you know that every two minutes saved on your shower can conserve close to ten gallons of water? We are sure you have heard this one before, but are you still brushing your teeth with the water running? Turning off the tap can conserve up to five gallons of water per day.
8. Use cruise control
Use cruise control when taking long trips! Cruise control helps reduce your gasoline intake and maximizes your mileage. It provides a constant feed of fuel to your car compared to the supply of gas when pressing the gas pedal. You are not only helping the environment but it also helps your budget.
9. Give it away
One man’s trash is another man treasure! There is always someone less fortunate who you can help out.
At The BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre we practice many green initiatives. The hotel has teamed up with Clean the World . The program helps the hotel to collect and recycle soap and bottled amenities that are discarded by our guests. It is then re-distributed and donated to homeless shelters in poorer nations.
10. Adopt a Zero Water Program
At the Edge Social Grille & Lounge we adopt a zero waste food program. Our kitchen has been successful in reducing the kitchen and food waste by 70%! Our team is committed to reduce costs and the impact on our environment. There are many initiatives you can implement at home. Composting your food and yard waste reduces the amount of garbage that you send to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emission.
11.Bonus Tip- Share your knowledge
If every person you know could take one small step towards being green, imagine the impact it would have on our planet!
Our world is precious to us and we must become more aware of its fragility. Keep in mind that our everyday actions can improve or deteriorate our planet. Share this blog and spread the word.
We would love to hear some of your initiatives to help our wonderful planet!