We usually tell you what you should do to save the earth, but sometimes it's easier to listen to advice on what you shouldn't do. Not being environmentally friendly adds a huge cost to your wallet and your environment. Here are a couple of eco-unfriendly moves you should avoid doing:
Not using public transportation: Even if you do have a car, try to switch off with public transportation intermittently. The less cars out there, the less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are generated. You'll be saving the environment and money on gas as well. Further, taking public transportation is even known to help you lose weight as well.
Not unplugging your electronics: Leaving your electronics plugged in when you're not using them means that the gadgets will keep sucking up the energy when not in use. The average household actually loses about $200 a year from vampire energy usage, so make sure you're unplugging your appliances when you're done. Here's a tip: try to attach your gadgets to the same power strip so all you need to do is switch it off to disconnect several appliances at one go.
Not bringing your lunch to work: If you keep eating out every day, not only are you wasting money, but you'll also be adding more waste to landfills because of the disposable packaging used to contain your to-go food. Make your own lunch and use tupperware and cutlery that you can easily wash and reuse again.
Not borrowing from and sharing with friends: Start making it a habit to share and borrow items from friends. For example, pass around a book or magazine that you guys are both interested in. There's no point in buying items (like power tools, a fancy dress, DVDs, etc.) that you will only use occasionally, because it's an unnecessary expense that will just add to the clutter in your home. Read these guidelines for borrowing from your friends without annoying them.
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Not paying your bills online: I hope most of you have already switched to paperless billing simply because of the convenience and the environmental benefits. Most companies these days offer paperless billing so definitely check to make sure if you can choose that option.
Using disposable products: There are plenty of alternatives to disposable products — your own steel tumbler vs. a paper coffee cup, or using rags instead of paper towels. Try to opt for more permanent items that will save you money in the long run. And if you do decide to use disposable products, try to reuse them as best you can. Here are a couple of ways to use 21 disposable products.
Printing everything: Try to avoid printing if it's not necessary. It'll save you money spent on paper and those expensive ink cartridges. And if you do have to print, make sure you're using both sides of the paper.
Not washing clothes in cold water: Did you know that most of the energy used in appliances comes from heating? Opt for the cold water setting when doing laundry to save money and energy. Ninety percent of the energy used in the washer is utilized to heat up the water, so by skipping the hot water, you'll be saving a lot of energy and money.
Buying bottled water: You may think bottled water tastes better, but the packaging is creating more waste we don't need and it's also more expensive. Install a water filter on your tap or get a Brita pitcher ($13).