While everyone focused on recycling for Earth Day, most forgot that there are two R’s that come before ‘Recycle.’ The phrase goes “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” If you aren’t reducing how much you use, and trying to re-use what you do, then the recycling you do will not make near enough of an impact to help make our world a better place to live in. If you truly want to help shift our society to a more sustainable one, you need to work on reducing consumption first and foremost.
Reducing your electricity use is a great way to reduce your consumption globally. First off, every little bit of electricity you use must be generated in some way or another. Coal-fired plants emit CO2, but the coal must also be harvested in environmentally devastating ways. Hydrogen power plants seem safer, but they still have a significant impact on aquatic ecosystems. Nuclear power plants of course leave a by-product that will outlive us all, and unfortunately it is not a helpful one. Green power might seem like the way to go, but the batteries that store the electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines are made from rare metals harvested and processed with environmentally and socially destructive methods. By reducing your electricity use, you can help prevent some of these harmful side effects of consumption.
If you are trying to keep electricity consumption down in your home or business, there are some low-hanging fruit you can reach for first. Everybody knows about CFLs and other energy-saving lighting devices, but not everyone realizes that there is room for improvement in their major appliances as well. You can invest in energy-saving appliances ranging from refrigerators to washing machines, dishwashers to cook stoves. You just need to shop at a place that offers a wide range of items to choose from, like AO. Also check out great deals from Groupon on AO products. There are all kinds of minor appliances that can consume electricity more efficiently, too. From simple oil heaters to box fans, from entertainment systems to clocks, you can invest in machines that use energy more wisely to reduce your electricity consumption.