I bet many of you by now have heard the phrase, “going green,” which means doing your part to help the environment. You might think there’s not much you can do to help out, but there are tons of little things you can do every day to go green!
Did you know that even when electronic devices are turned off, they still use up energy if they are plugged into an outlet? If you’re not using something for a while, unplug it! Things like video games, computers, phone chargers, and lamps don’t need to be plugged in all the time if you aren’t using them. But don’t unplug refrigerators or anything with a clock in it, since you don’t want to have to reset the time every time you plug it back in.
There are other small things you can do too that are so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing them before! Whenever you leave a room, turn the lights off to save energy and close the door to save heat or air-conditioning, depending on what season it is. Also, don’t keep refrigerator and freezer doors open too long—this wastes energy when it has to cool down again. Decide what you want to eat before opening it so you can quickly take it out.
If you’re feeling more ambitious, take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash as you go. Make sure you’re wearing gloves and have brought along a couple of garbage bags. If you see bottles or cans lying on the street, you can recycle them!
Going green isn’t difficult, it just takes time to get into the habit of doing everyday things. Keep notes around with reminders—like turn off the lights or shut the door—so that you can always remember what you should do to help the Earth.