Simple ways to go green right from your home:
- Unplug chargers and turn off appliances, including computers, when not in use. Avoid energy vampires (a device that continues to use energy and drain power when not in use like phone chargers and coffee pots.) These “suckers” can account for as much as 20% of your monthly electricity bill. This simple act can save 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide a year!
- Lower the brightness on your computer monitor. Reducing monitor brightness from 100% to 70% can save up to 20% of the energy the monitor uses.
- Turn down your thermostat – Adjusting your thermostat 2 degrees down in the winter (and 2 degrees up in the summer) can save up to 2,000 lbs of carbon dioxide per year!
- Cover drafty windows and use under door draft stoppers.
About 30% of a home's heating energy is lost through windows.
- Wash laundry in cold water / partially dry clothes on a clothesline.
About 90% of the energy used by the washing machine during laundry goes towards heating the water. Using cold water to wash some of your clothes eliminates this energy, making your clothes and the planet happy!
- Do not buy plastic water bottles and use a reusable water bottle instead. Like-wise for coffee cups: sipping from a reusable mug twice a day, every day instead of disposable cups, can save 135 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per person per year. That’s a latte! ;)
- Use LED or CFL light bulbs in lamps, fixtures and holiday lights.
By switching out 3 lights with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) you could save 300 lbs of carbon dioxide per year.
- Purchase eco-friendly office supplies, that are waste-free, biodegradable or made from sustainable sources such as bamboo.
- Purchase energy efficient appliances. If all the extra quality time with your refrigerator has you noticing its age, updating it to an Energy Star certified appliance could save 500 lbs of carbon dioxide per year.
- Skip the solo car trip! Carpool, bike, walk. You’ll get your steps in and save 1 lb of carbon for every mile you don't drive.
- Reduce how much water you use. Take shorter showers and don’t let the tap run while brushing your teeth or lathering your hands for the recommended 20 seconds. Showers use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, and each gallon uses three ounces of carbon dioxide. If you shorten your shower by 2 minutes a day, you can save 342 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
- Cleaning closets? Repurpose to reuse or donate items, instead of tossing.
- BYOB- Bring your own bag! Remember to bring your reusable shopping bags to the market or store.
- Ordering food delivery? If Uber Eats, DoorDash or Grubhub are your go-to apps, skip the takeout cutlery.
- Start an organic garden to share. Or build a rain barrel.
- Compost. It’s an easy way to reduce landfill waste and enrich your soil. https://www.radio.com/blogs/1thing-how-compost
- Challenge your neighbors or co-workers to a virtual trash bash – encourage household/ family teams to safely pick up trash in your neighborhood, local park or trails to keep it out of local water sources.
For more ideas on how to be environmentally friendly while at home, check out our 1Thing website: https://www.radio.com/1thing
SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars – Earth Day 2021 is Thursday, April 22nd.
GEORGIA ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
Here are some excellent organization who will benefit from your green energy!
THE GEORGIA CONSERVANCY:
The Georgia Conservancy works to protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources through advocacy, engagement and collaboration. Become a member and volunteer: https://www.georgiaconservancy.org/membership
CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION
Captain Planet Foundation works collaboratively to engage and empower young people to be problem solvers for the planet. Donate, volunteer, and be a mentor:
Keeping watch over our waters since 1994. The mission is to ensure there’s enough clean water in the Chattahoochee River now and for future generations through education, investigation and advocacy.
Get involved: https://chattahoochee.org/
PIEDMONT PARK CONSERVANCY
The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the city of Atlanta to ensure greenspace beautification, a positive experience in the heart of Atlanta and inspire life for all neighborhoods of metro Atlanta.
Support the park: https://www.piedmontpark.org/
Mission: To connect organic food from Georgia farmers to Georgia families. Their farmer service provides farmers with one-on-one support, resource provision, and group instruction. They help farmers to become restaurant ready or expand their restaurant sales, while engaging restaurants to increase purchasing from small, local and organic farms. Their Farm-to-school programs work to expand the engagement of children with local, healthy food in cafeterias and classrooms. Get involved: https://www.georgiaorganics.org/
KEEP ATLANTA BEAUTIFUL:
A comprehensive recycling database for the city. Find out where and what to recycle: https://keepatlantabeautiful.org/