It´s not only countries with shortness of freshwater that needs to conserve water, that´s something everyone have to think about since the water-system consume a lot of energy. You can also indirectly save water by consume less products that require much water to produce, for example coffe and clothes made of cotton.
Saving energy is very important if we shall create organic sustainable communities. This can be done by using less electricity. In a household this means you use low-energy lamps and use energy-efficient white goods. In Sweden all white goods you purchase in shops are marked with the energy class which makes it easy to choose the most energy-efficient product. Nowadays it is more easy to find low-energy lamps than to find the ones who aren’t. At least in Sweden it has become the norm to use low-eneryg lamps because it is such an easy way to make a difference. It isn’t more expensive either, so everyone can afford to by low-energy lamps as a start if you want to make a change in the world.
Another thing we can do is to save water by installing water-saving taps and shower heads, which is great example of environmentally friendly inventions. By using less water in our households we consume less energy. A water-saving tap use between 40%-50% less water than traditional taps. Today you can buy water-saving products in great designs. So you don´t have to choose between eco-friendly taps or beautiful taps, you can have it both. To not take long showers is also a tip on where you can consume less water, it is easy to find yourself just standing with the hot water running down your body without even thinking about how much time you spend in there. So next time, set an alarm for five minutes so you will have to speed up your shower!
If you want to buy a water-saving tap or shower mixer you can shop it at the furniture store IKEA that have department stores in many countries. They also sell white goods that are energy-efficient and various sorts of bulbs that use less electricity than conventional bulbs, like led-lamps and CFLs for example.
At IKEA you can also buy solar lamps for your garden or patio. By using solar lamps instead of lamps powered by electricity you save energy. I like how the designers at IKEA and many other companies develop environmentally friendly products in great designs. This makes it easier and more fun for the consumers to choose environmental friendly products.
Another way to save energy and water is to buy second-hand or products that have been made out of recycled raw-materials. It´s also good to buy products that can be recycled when they are outworn or broken. For example you can buy office furniture and furniture for your home that are 100% recyclable. Look for eco-labels when you purchase furnitures if you want to be environmentally friendly.
If you really want to live eco-friendly, you should also think about how your hobbies impact the environment. Car racing and golf are examples of things that aren´t optimal for our planet. I have found a way to reduce my environmental impact. Instead of taking the car to the bingo hall several miles away every week I play bingo online at tuesdays. In the bingo room online you can chat with the other players so you don´t have to feel alone. If you think it sounds strange you can learn more about it here.
This is just an example on how I have changed my hobby to a more eco-friendly variant. Maybe you can do the same? I don´t mean that you should play bingo at home, but perhaps there´s a way you can make your hobbies greener. But if you do like bingo online I recommend this site bingoomega for more information about the game.
In my next blog post I will write about how you can encourage companies to be more eco friendly!