44 Things Each of Us Can Do Right Now to Help Save the Environment

Sometimes it’s the simple things that add up to make the biggest difference.

Most the tips in this WikiHow article are things that WMHB readers can start doing today. It’s a matter of paying attention and knowing what works. If we all take this to heart and then start spreading the word among family friends we’ll begin to see real change!

Want to help save the environment? Taking steps to conserve and reuse is easier than you might think. You can do your part to help save the environment by conserving energy, water, and gas; recycling; and nurturing the outdoors.

1. Switch off anything that uses electricity. If you’re not using it, turn it off. This goes for lights, televisions, computers, printers, and so on.
  • Put timers on lamps that will turn off lamps at the same time on a daily basis. Timers like these can be found in hardware stores and they can be plugged into your lamp.
  • Make it a routine to shut off lights and electrical appliances whenever you leave a room.
2. Unplug. Leaving devices plugged in, such as laptop chargers or toasters, can eat up “phantom” energy. Even when an appliance is turned off, it may still use power. Try unplugging when possible.
  • If it will be at least 36 hours before you use it again, unplug it.
  • Turn lots of things off with a power strip. You can plug all your appliances in one area — say, your computer — into a power strip. Then when you’re done using all appliances, simply turn the power strip off at the switch.
3. Use renewable energy sources. In the USA around 71% of electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels. Burning coal or other fuels emits greenhouse gases and pollution in the environment. An average home powered by a coal utility will burn 12,000 pounds of coal a year and will cause about the same amount of pollution as 2 cars. By using renewable energy as the primary power source, the reduction of pollution per household would be equivalent to that of planting 400 trees.
  • Many electric companies offer power from renewable sources (sometimes at a slightly higher fee). Another option is to rent solar panels, as these are becoming increasingly expensive. Contact your local energy provider for more information.
  • Encourage your congressional representatives to support environmental issues and renewable energy.

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Ways to Help Save the Environment