There’s an interesting story in the April issue of Real Simple magazine called "How Green Are You?" Instead of a Cosmo-like quiz, it breaks down real daily eco-habits and the one-year effect it has on the planet. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Here are some of my favorites:
1. If you recycle newspapers and magazines, one person’s one-year effect is 581 pounds of CO2 emissions saved. Recycling paper saves trees and saves energy to make new recycled paper products.
2. If you wash your laundry on a cool setting, you save about 349 pounds of CO2 emissions a year. Even moving washing from Hot water to Warm water can make a difference.
3. If you stick to the speed limit when driving (65 MPG vs 75 MPH), you save about 1500 pounds of CO2 emissions a year. Going a bit slower not only saves you around $200 a year in gas savings, but it really gets you to the same place in about the same time. I have one of those GPS devices in my car, and whenever I’m running late to a meeting, I noticed that driving 10 MPH faster only gets me to my destination about a minute sooner. So what’s the point?
4. If you drive a hybrid car that gets at least 46 MPG, you save about 3660 pounds of CO2 emissions a year. That’s pretty cool.
5. If you plug major electronics into power strips so you can shut them off when not in use, you save 1608 pounds of CO2 emissions annually. Just flipping the switch on the power strip effectively TRULY turns off power.
TOTAL SAVED: 7698 pounds of CO2 emissions a year.