Ecosystems throughout the world are degrading fast and major initiatives to preserve the environment are being planned in every developed country. Ironically, the practical ways to help the environment are often not considered as significant while they can potentially avert the requirement of any futuristic major large-scale conservation project.
LEDS and CFLs offer adequate light but consume up to 90% less energy than regular bulbs. Replacing every bulb in the house with CFLs or LEDs is an absolutely practical way to help the environment. Saving energy, irrespective of how much, does not only reduce carbon footprint but saves huge amount of money annually.
Switching off devices when not in use
Electronic devices like computers, TVs, etc. are often left switched on even when not in use and at nights. The best practice is to switch off the wall socket so that the current does not flow at all. This prevents the device getting heated as well. TV viewers must ensure they switch off TVs when they feel drowsy to avoid leaving it powered on for the whole night.
Closing the taps
Thousands of liters of water can be saved each year by every family if water taps are closed when not in use during laundry, dishwashing, bathing, brushing, shaving, etc. Again, this is not only a practical way to save the environment but also can save money by saving energy that is spent to draw water.
Using mass transit system
Many developed and even developing countries have well-planned and extensive public transportation system. People can resolve to use public transportation as much as possible. This can save significant quantity of fuel that every person burns in his private car. However, offering pickups or drops to friends and colleagues along the way is justifiable as it optimizes the consumption of fuel.
There cannot be a more practical way to preserve the environment than to check one’s eating habit. Tonnes of food will be saved if every person resolves not to dump food. In restaurants, people should order as much as they can digest while at home, they should innovate ways of transforming the last course into a new one.
Though paper cannot be totally eliminated from daily-life, its use can be significantly reduced. The introduction of smart-phones has made using technology for daily chores even easier. Emailing, online payment, online news, etc. are some of the very much practical ways of conserving the environment by protecting trees.
Forests cannot be created in cities but cities can be covered with green umbrella of trees. Planting a tree in the backyard or private garden is a contribution to the environment as well as source of fruits or fresh fragrance. Even in cities, people who have balconies can have potted plants.
These are just a few examples of the practical ways that help the environment; detailed mention may seem endless as environment conservation is integrated into every chore of life.