1. Avoid Air Conditioning Overkill Yes, I know, air conditioning provides respite from heat waves and dreadful humidity, but we should still take steps to avoid overuse. For starters, turn off the air conditioning when no one is home! It is a waste of energy and your money. Also, turn the thermostat up a few degrees so that the AC comes on only when it is truly unbearably hot. It will go a long way towards saving cash and protecting the environment.
2. Keep it Local Enjoy local activities like going to the park or spending the day at the beach. Invite your family and friends to make the trip more fun and exciting! Reading a book and playing frisbee is much more environmentally friendly than say, taking a long road trip.3. Barbecue in Green Style BBQs are a classic summer pastime, but did you know that propane burns much cleaner than wood or charcoal? Keep this in mind the next time you need to invest in a new grill. Also, use reusable plates and utensils rather than paper or Styrofoam. This cuts down significantly on environmental waste and saves money if you tend to host a lot of BBQs. 4. Easy on the Water It can be tempting to take multiple showers a day during the dog days of summer, but why not cool off by taking a swim instead? If you don’t have your own backyard pool, many towns have community pools or beaches for residents to enjoy. While we’re on the topic of water, try using reusable water bottles as opposed to disposable plastic ones. 5. Travel in an Eco-friendly Way Vacations are a staple of the summer season. The carbon emissions produced from automobiles, trains, and airplanes can be substantial, however. Here are two ways to plan your vacation to be as green as possible:
- All of the ingredients used in meals are free of trans fats and MSG.
- Each meal is made fresh to order (as opposed to pre-prepared and reheated).
- Moe’s Southwest Grill does not use microwaves or freezers in its kitchens, which cuts down its energy usage significantly.
- Keeping in mind that eating less meat can considerably reduce a person’s carbon footprint, Moe’s menu offers a variety of vegetarian options. In fact, Moe’s won the 2008 Proggy Award for Best Vegetarian Mexican Restaurant.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill has demonstrated its commitment to create a better environment by supporting renewable energy production with the purchase of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) through Carbonfund.org.
- The most basic thing you can do is reduce water usage. According to the EPA, we consume about 2 to 5 gallons per day when we brush with the water running continuously. Of course, it takes energy to pump and heat water, so conserving water makes a difference.
- For paper goods, minimize their use but also choose recycled paper. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the nation swapped just one roll of traditional toilet paper for one made with recycled paper, the effort could save about 424,000 trees.
- Opt for energy-efficient alternatives to the traditional lightbulb, e.g. LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.
- Install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. Aerators break up streams of water with air. You get the same water pressure but reduce the actual volume of water.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. "Vampire" energy loss accounts for approximately 5-10 percent of residential energy use in the U.S.