10 easy waysCan one person change the world? Maybe not, but together we can make small changes that combined can have a positive and long-lasting impact on the environment. What greater legacy for our children and grandchildren than the preservation of this miraculous planet that we are privileged to call home?

Here are ten top tips to help save the Earth.

1. We currently use the planet’s fresh-water supply faster than it can be replenished. Water-treatment plants use energy to treat the water that must be recycled to provide enough for our daily use. This energy consumption is bad for the environment. So turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth, shower rather than bath and fix the leaky toilet. These are small things which can make a big difference.

2. Try walking instead of using the car. The Environmental Protection Agency in the USA estimates that taking your car off the road for just two days per week could cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 1,590 lb per annum. If you have errands to run try and combine them into one trip, saving you time and money.

3. Change your mode of transport to work or school. Cycling or walking to school serves to reduce your carbon footprint while improving your health and fitness levels. If your journey is too far, look at public-transport options or car-sharing. Every car off the road counts.

4. Recycle more. If an office building with 7,000 personnel recycled every piece of waste paper for one year, it would equate to removing around 400 cars from the roads for an entire year.

5. Household waste is unavoidable but there is much we can do to reduce it so that less is going to landfill sites. Food waste can be easily composted and has the added benefit of making an excellent eco-friendly fertilizer.

6. We all need light but changing your standard light bulbs to energy-efficient bulbs is a simple transition and will ultimately save you money on your fuel bill as they use around two thirds less energy. In addition, when purchasing new electrical appliances look out for the efficient models which are increasingly available.

7. A few minor changes at home can reduce emissions and save money. A thermostat which is programmable allows for better control of your central heating, thereby reducing wasted energy while you are out. At night, settings could be reduced as the house need not be so warm when you are snuggled under your duvet. The same principal applies at work and could lead to savings on your business gas price.

8. A car is another essential item for many of us but there is much we can do to make it more efficient. Properly inflated tyres can save around 3% in petrol as well as increasing the life of the tyre, saving money and reducing pollution.

9. Another vehicle-related saving is to simply slow down. Reducing your speed by 10mph on the motorway could give you an extra four miles per gallon. Driving at a steady pace rather than regularly accelerating and braking will also increase fuel efficiency.

10. Finally, switch off appliances and lights that are not being used, don’t leave the TV on standby and remember that your phone charger is using electricity even when your phone is not charging.

In most cases, these small changes will not only have a positive impact on the planet but they will also leave you with more money in your pocket. And if that isn’t an incentive, then what is?

This post was written on behalf of ENER-G. They look to improve the awareness of alternative methods which will help improve the environment. Click to their site for further information.

Originally posted 2012-11-22 07:44:28.