There are numerous things that people do every day that are bad for the environment. Most of the time, people don’t even realize that it’s bad. Although it may not necessarily be horrible immediately, eventually these acts add up and become a problem. Here are some common mistakes people make:
- Leaving some appliances plugged in when unneeded. A good example is a cell phone charger. You only use your cell phone charger once, maybe twice during the day, but leave it plugged in all day. A cell phone charger is using electricity all day, although only used efficiently 1-2 times a day just for a couple of hours. Another good example is a DVD player, or a television set. These appliances are using electricity all day long, even when not in use. Some DVD players have clocks built in, and these clocks are using electricity when you don’t need them to. Invest in a power bar, and turn off all your unneeded appliances off at once, then unplug the power bar.
- Driving short distances. I’m sure you’ve driven somewhere that you could have easily walked or biked. This eats up electricity, is bad for the environment, and hurts your wallet too.
- Drinking bottled water is bad for the environment. From the production of plastic, to the bottles thrown in the garbage, bottled water is not good for the environment. Also, did you know that the average family spends $1400 a year on bottled water? Why use bottled water when you can invest in a tap filter for $100 and have delicious filtered water all year long for a lesser price. Use a reusable bottle to fill up your water bottle on the go!
- 65 million newspapers are printed every day in the US. You know all of this information is available online right? For less than the price of a newspaper subscription, you can get all of the news online. The news online is also updated more frequently and often you can find it for free!