Almost everyone is aware of the common ways to save the planet. Recycling, turning off your appliances and lights when they are not in use, or just driving less are some of the most common ways. However, there are some little known ways that will also save the planet.
You can change your light bulbs to the new fluorescent ones. If everyone in America just replaced one of their regular bulbs with one of these new one, it would be the same as removing more than a million automobiles from the highways and roads.
Using a clothesline or hanging rack to dry your laundry instead of using the electric dryer, would save energy, as well as save you some money. It will also make your clothes last longer.
Going vegetarian one time a week also helps save the planet. According to many studies, it takes about 2,500 gallons of water to create one pound of meat. Eating a hamburger that is from animals from rainforest areas of the world, reduces the rainforest by 55 square feet.
Using one less napkin each time you eat will help save the planet. People in the United States use an average of six napkins everyday. If each person in the United States averaged five napkins a day, it would prevent one billion pounds of paper products from going to the landfill.
Rethink buying bottled water. Buy a reusable water jug and fill it with tap water. The Environmental Protection Agency has tighter restrictions on tap water, than they do for bottled water. Unknown by most people, more than 90 percent of the plastic bottles used for bottled water are not recycled.
If you use matches instead of lighters to start your fireplace or grills, you would save a lot of petroleum. Since most lighters are disposable, more than 1.5 billion go to the landfills. You can even use cardboard matches, instead of wood matches. Most cardboard matches are produced from recycled products and you can save a lot of trees by using them.
Get rid of your answering machine and switch to voice mail. If every answering machine in the United States were replaced with voice mail service, the United States would save almost two-billion kilowatt-hours of energy every year.
Take colored markers with you when you picnic. It seems that it is easy to lose you paper cup and plate at a picnic or get it mixed in with other paper cups and plates. It you take colored markers with you, you can have each person mark their cup and plate so they can continue to use them, instead of throwing them away and getting new ones. You not only save money, but save a lot of trees and prevent tons of paper products from going to the landfill.
Go paperless is one of the most effective ways of saving the planet. Every United States citizen receives an average of 40 pounds of junk mail a year. That costs the lives of more than 100-million trees each year. Find a service that will help you cut the junk mail you receive. Not only do you save trees, but you clear out your mailbox. You can also switch from a paper phone book to an online phone directory. Contact your local phone company and stop your phone book delivery. According to many reports, up to 10 percent of every dump site consists of discarded phone books.
Another way to go paperless is to pay your bills online. If everyone in the United States received electronic statements and paid their bills electronically, the country would save 1.7-billion pounds of solid waste, 18.5-million trees each year and prevent the release of 2.2-billion tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
There are so many other simple things you can do to help save the planet. Many people are saying that one person doesn't make that much of a difference and that is really the problem. If each one of those people got together, the numbers would add up. Just the people in the United States could make a major impact on the planet. Imagine if everyone around the world did the same thing. Now it is up to you to decide how you are going to live, but try implementing one of these little unknown ways to save the planet and then add another one of them, until you are going completely green.