Running errands in your car may be part of your daily routine, but it is also a significant contributor to the rising problem of CO2 emissions. Want to be a steward of the environment? Spend more time at home. Here are ways to get things done without driving all over town:
Paying Bills Online
Every day, our mailboxes (not our inboxes) are filled with bills. If you still pay bills the old fashioned way, maybe it’s time to change it up. Rather than writing out a check, stuffing it in an envelope, finding a stamp, and getting it to the post office on time, try going paperless. If you’re not already paying bills online, it’s easy, it’s secure, and cuts down on paper use.
It also helps reduce the CO2 emissions associated with delivering via automobile. It may not be the most fun thing to do at home, but it only takes a few minutes, even less if you set up for automatic payments. Don’t worry; you can always print off a receipt for your file keeping.
Cancel Junk Mail
Since you’re already in the mood for going paperless, why not tackle that mountain of junk mail? How often do you take junk mail out of your mailbox only to put it directly into the recycling bin? Take a look at your stacks of catalogs that you never ordered out of or requested. Go online or give the company a call and ask to be taken off their mailing list.
If you have multiple magazine subscriptions and find it hard to keep up with reading them, you may want to consider a digital subscription instead. Not only will it save some trees, but clear away some of your clutter, too.
Having Some Eco-Friendly Fun
Do you find yourself driving all over the city to find something fun to do? Rather than starting and stopping at various venues, enjoy your time at home. Turn out the lights and watch a movie online or enjoy the natural light by the window and read a book. Dig through your closet for some old board games.
Love going to casinos, but don’t want to waste valuable resources going there? By checking out online gambling casinos, not only will you be saving fuel but have a chance to play at a variety of casinos and from the comfort of your couch.
Spend your time at home fixing up a bicycle you haven’t used in years or start preparing a vegetable garden to grow your own produce. Host a candlelit dinner party or potluck. There are a lot of fun things you can do, simply think of more eco-friendly ways to enjoy them.
Figure Out Your Carbon Footprint
Want to see what areas of your life could improve when it comes to your carbon dioxide emissions? Once you determine your carbon footprint, you can find out ways to reduce your CO2 even more than some of the things you can do instead of driving around town.