Simple, inexpensive things you can do to help the planet
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Over-illumination in the workplace not only wastes energy, it can lead to headaches, fatigue, and stress. Using natural daylight whenever possible is good for the environment and may just make you more productive to boot!
So, pull back those curtains, raise those shades, and let the sun light your room!
Ah, the dog days of summer (well, in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway!). What better time to reduce your use of the electric clothes dryer and go au naturel? We don’t mean you should run around nude (though that would certainly reduce the need for doing laundry!). We mean you should consider using sunlight and wind to dry your freshly washed clothes.
Good Magazine (where ITLT’s designer, Su Yin, works) estimates that a year’s worth of hot water laundry plus tumble drying produces 213.3 kg of CO2 per year. The same number of loads washed in cold water and line dried produces only 16 kg!
In the United States, nearly 6% of residential electricity is consumed by clothes dryers. The good news is that in the last 3 years, the number of Americans who consider a clothes dryer a “necessity” dropped by 17%.
Willing to give it a shot? TipThePlanet lists more different types of clotheslines and drying racks than you ever thought possible.
If you can’t avoid using a dryer, consider purchasing one with an automatic shut-off feature. Also, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recommends drying similar fabrics together, drying multiple loads in quick succession (to take advantage of residual heat), and making sure to clean the dryer filter after each use.
It’s not for everyone. Some people don’t have a bike. Some people live too far from work to do it. Some people couldn’t bike the route to work, even if they wanted to.
But, if you can do it, biking to work not only saves on carbon emissions, it costs less than most other forms of transportation, reduces congestion on the road, and keeps you fit and healthy at the same time. In some jurisdictions, it may even qualify you for a tax break!
For more benefits of bike commuting, see 50+ Benefits of Bicycling.