In today’s world, there is a persistent, as well as necessary, push to go green. With strong evidence that points to global climate change, it is becoming more and more important for our companies to go green and integrate CSR into their long-term vision. At times, going green can require a substantial change in infrastructure, which can be costly and time consuming. But a lot of the time, small changes can be made to one’s home or work to help a building go green without costing a lot or creating drastic changes in day-to-day routines. Here are some simple ideas to help make buildings go green and save on energy.
The first step is to unplug appliances and other devices when they’re not in use. Kitchen appliances like toasters, blenders, and coffee machines don’t need to be plugged in unless someone is using them in the common areas of the building. The same goes for cell phone chargers and similar forms of technology. Unplugging items like clocks, televisions, and stereos when you go out of town for any extended period of time is also a great way to conserve energy. Turning the lights off might seem a bit impractical but companies are encouraged to switch to solar power. Temperature control is also an important part of going green. The first step to doing this is keeping the thermostat in your home or work building at a reasonable temperature. In the winter, the temperature should be no higher than 68 degrees, and in the summer it should be no lower than 72 degrees. If possible, also alter your thermostat so the temperature is either lower in the winter or higher in the summer when you know nobody will be home for long periods of time, so you don’t waste heat or air conditioning when nobody’s around to use it. You also want to maximize direct sunlight that comes through windows in the winter and minimize it in the summer. These temperature control methods can help you minimize the heat or air conditioning cycles, which in the long run can save you money and save energy.
There are countless other ideas that can help your home, or any building for that fact, go green and conserve energy. There are special light bulbs, windows, and appliances that can be purchased in order to conserve energy. But doing simple things like unplugging appliances when they’re not in use, turning lights off when you leave a room, and controlling temperature can all go a long way towards making your home or work greener.
For the past couple of decades we’ve all been told about the dangers of pollution and how harmful it can be to litter. One of the biggest reasons behind this is the importance of keeping our water supply clean, specifically our lakes. Of course, we’re told that we need to keep our lakes clean, but we don’t necessarily understand the reasons why. It should be government policy in the future to educate its citizens on climate change effects.