I grew up in a super rural area. As a kid, it stinks when there are no nearby malls and the best thing to do on a Saturday night is going cow tippin’ (seriously), but on the plus side, living in the country gave me a deep appreciation for the environment. Going green sounds like a big, hard, pain-in-the-butt task, and who has time for that, right? I’m not suggesting that you go out and invest in solar panels or purchase a hybrid (unless you want to, of course) – but I am suggesting that you make a few small changes to be a more environmentally-friendly blogger. In all likelihood, these changes won’t cost you much more or add much time to your day, and while independently it doesn’t make much of a difference, there are millions of blogs out there. If they were all run by green bloggers, we could do a lot.
Some simple tips:
- Turn off your computer.
This is one that I need to work on, as my roommate will attest. Whenever you’re going to be away from your computer for a half hour or more, shut it down. It may be annoying to have to restart your computer instead of just waking it up from sleeping, but the extra effort will not just save energy, but also add a little life to your computer, especially if you have a laptop.
- Unplug at the end of the night.
Your electronics suck more energy than you realize – even when they are switched off. You can keep the electircity vampires at bay by simply unplugging at the end of the night. To streamline the process, plug everything into a surge protector so you only have one plug to pull at the end of the night.
- Combine your trips.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that you don’t run errands. If you had an office job, you might stop to pick up stamps or milk on your way home, but as a freelancer, you can go whenever you want. Instead of making trips every day (or multiple times a day), combine tasks instead. It takes a little planning, but it’s easy enough to do. My roommate is a freelancer as well, and we keep a running list of things we need to pick up on the refrigerator. That way, when we’re going out for something, we can grab the list and pick up whatever else is needed.
Those are my three best tips for bloggers who want to start going green. What are yours?