Going green is increasingly popular as a way to reduce energy use, conserve water, and recycle and reuse materials to avoid overburdening local landfills. Not everyone has adopted a greener lifestyle, and some people seem to have rejected green living outright. I find this attitude peculiar, as living greener is also a way to save money. However, if you are one of those people who prefers not to live greener, then this article is for you.
Here are five tips on how not to go green.
1) Keep burning incandescent light bulbs. They are only about 5% efficient in creating lights, releasing 95% of the energy they consume as heat. The incandescent bulbs will also heat up your home more in the summer, forcing you to use more air conditioning, but no matter. You are not interested in saving energy anyway. There is no reason for you to consider installing compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) even if they last longer and use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
2) Drink lots of bottled water. After all, bottled water only costs about 100 times more than water from your tap. Then there is the matter of all those plastic bottles. About 85% of them are not recycled according to the EPA, so why should you bother. Just throw them in the trash and they will go to the landfill with all your other garbage.
3) Take baths and extra-long showers. A typical bathtub takes 40-70 gallons to fill, and all of that water has to be heated. Even though an 8 to 10 minute shower would use only about 15-20 gallons, that savings of water and energy to heat the water doesn’t concern you. If you decide to opt for a shower, just stand there under the warm flow of water and enjoy it for a while. Maybe you can work on your singing while you are standing there.
4) Fall asleep with the television on. You don’t need a timer for this. Just let the TV run, even if you are not awake to watch it. The background noise might even help you get to sleep.
5) Keep that old toilet. Don’t even consider replacing it with a low flush model. Your old standard model probably uses 3 to 4 gallons of fresh water with every flush, compared to one of those newer toilets, that only requires 1.6 gallons per flush. That is an extra amount of water flushed away equal to about two thousand gallons per toilet each year. You will pay more on your water bill each month, but this is part of the cost of not going green.
Are any of you ready to reconsider your decision about not going green yet?
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