It is now futile to say that the environment is in danger due to man made activities which increase the levels of pollution and the global temperature. Just browse through any news, on whichever media channel, and you will see that a new species is in danger, that more glaciers are beginning to melt or that the ozone layer is weakening.

While it is generally accepted that a solution must come from the authorities and take the form of a globally integrated fight against pollution, it is just as true that each and every one of us can help save the planet. And in doing this, we will not only create long term benefits for our children and their offspring, but we will also benefit in the short run, by saving money. Here are some simple ways as to how this could be achieved:

1. Turn off the lights
Nobody asks us to sit in the dark, but when we leave the room, we should turn off the light. We could also replace our regular light bulbs with economy ones. We could turn off our computers and our television sets when we are not using them and we could also unplug our electronic appliances when we do not need them. All these measures will reduce our electricity bills, and will also reduce the levels of electricity pollution – allegedly one of the leading causes of global warming.

2. Turn down the heater
Similar to lights, nobody expects us to stay in the cold. But it would be useful if we turned our thermostat just a few grades lower, or if we turned down the heat when we leave the house. There are now these fancy and hi-tech thermostats that let you adjust the temperature between specific time intervals. It could also be possible to turn down the heat in the uninhabited rooms of the house.

3. Walk or use the bike
Transportation is a big pollutant. We could reduce both costs and negative impact on the environment if we leave the car in the garage and walk to work. We could also choose a bike instead of a car, especially considering the fact that both cycling and walking are beneficial for our health. It would also be useful if we used the public transportation more often leaving our car in the home parking lot.

Another means of enhancing transport to the benefit of the environment is that of driving cars that integrated fuel efficient engines; this alternative is however highly costly and changing one’s car is not a viable opportunity for everybody. Nevertheless, when you do have plans to change your car, you should consider one that consumes less, as it will save you money, and it will also consume less oil and produces less waste.

4. Buy less of everything
Buying less stuff would save us lots of money, and would also reduce the industrial pollution. Decreased demand for products would mean reduced consumption of the earth’s natural resources, and also reduced pollution.

5. Do not throw away food
Decomposing food is a major pollutant, producing numerous toxic gases. And we do tend to buy a lot of food, and then throw large parts of it out. Spending less money on food would be beneficial for our financial stability, for our own health and for the environment.

6. Recycle, recycle, recycle
I cannot stress enough the importance of recycling, but also of opening up to the idea of purchasing recycled items. Plastics are for instance recycled into synthetic clothing or into garden furniture; and now, even books can be printed on recycled paper.