This post is a part of Blog Action Day. Over fourteen thousand blogs, with over twelve million readers, publishing and promoting a better future for our environment - a better future for everyone.
Are you doing your part to help out the environment? As an internet user, blogger, or someone who likes to take cell phone calls, there are a lot of things you can do to help the environment. There are a lot of things you can do - starting today - to help our environment that won't require you to go out of your way, or spend more money, or really change your lifestyle at all.
Here's a few unbelievable things I urge you to start doing today to help benefit our environment, and ensure a better future for everyone.
Blog in the sun.
You don't have to go outside to experience the radiance of the sun. I know, it's hard to believe. You can open blinds and shutters around your blogging area to let in some much-needed (and free) light, and turn off your room lights to conserve energy.
Turning off lights can save tons of energy each day, leaving a light off for merely six hours can save enough energy to watch television - or blog uncontrollably - for six months.
Not only will turning off lights and using natural light from outside save energy and help our environment, it will also give you a great boost of energy that no artificial light can do. You'll find yourself full of energy, experiencing innovative blogging ideas, and having a brighter attitude through-out the day (not to mention save a ton of money on your electricity bill).
Go for a walk.
Instead of blogging or browsing around the web, turn off the computer for a few hours and go for a walk. Just like turning off the lights, turning off your computer for a few hours everyday (especially when you're not using it) can save TONS of valuable energy.
If you're a blogger, turn the computer off and take some time to write blog posts by hand (you can type them up later, can't you?). If you're a web designer, sketching some ideas out on paper for hours while your computer is off is not only a great way to save energy, it's also a perfect way to work with your ideas in a fully editable way - there are no tools better for a designer than an eraser and led.
Too often computer users leave their computers on. But what most of us don't realize is that the computer is still using energy when it's not doing anything for us, it's still wasting valuable energy. Do the right thing and turn off your computer; it only takes a few seconds, and if you have a Mac starting up all over again only takes one second.
Buy those gadgets you've always wanted.
Buying new gadgets that are energy efficient can help our environment, save energy, save you money, and help convince your wife that it was well worth buying. For example: "if you replace your 1972 refrigerator with a 2001 model, you may cut your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,100 lbs. a year and save $80 a year on your energy bill."*
Visit energystar.gov for more information on energy efficient appliances. *Source: cwac.net.
Beat up your friends and family.
The best way to save energy is to help spread the word on saving energy. The best way to spread word on saving energy is to beat it into people. No, not really - you'll actually waste energy if you beat people up in hopes of them saving energy.
Talk to your friends, family members, co-workers, pets, pet groomers, taxi cab drivers, favorite restaurant manager, cousins and anyone else you come in contact with. Let them know how they can help save our environment by turning off lights and electronics, and by buying appliances and gizmos that are energy efficient.
Get started RIGHT NOW.
There's no reason you shouldn't be doing all of these things already. Don't tell me that you're lazy. Doing these things won't cost you anything (not even time), so what are you waiting for?
Turn off lights whenever you can. Turn off your computer for a few hours everyday, and especially when you're not going to be using it. And buy energy efficient appliances and devices.
Make a difference today. Spread the love.
October 15, 2007