How To Help the Environment near your Garage

These days, everyone is thinking green. The environment is something we need to take care of if we want to leave a healthy world for the next generation. You can do your part by thinking about the effects of your actions when you're working in your garage. A small change can make a huge difference for the environment, and it's just the responsible thing to do. Follow these tips on how to help the environment when you're in your garage.

Step 1

Avoid using your car. Everyone knows that vehicles contribute to a vast majority of the air pollution in the environment. Decreasing the amount of time you run your vehicle improves air quality. So leave it in your garage to help the environment, and consider others ways of transportation. You could use public transit, take your bicycle, carpool, or walk. You might even consider asking your employer if you can work from home one day a week to lessen your car's effect on the environment. All of these ways of getting around are better for your health and the health of the environment. And they start with the simple step of leaving your car in the garage.

Step 2

Maintain your car. If you have to use your car, make sure that it is running efficiently. Check the tire pressure often to ensure that your tires are not deflated. Improperly inflated tires demand more gas to run your vehicle. (Your owner's manual will tell you the proper pressure for your specific car.) Also, change your air filter regularly; this improves your gas mileage, allowing your car to run smoother and on less gas. These are two easy car repairs you can do from the comfort of your own garage that will help the environment. In addition, the government has taken steps to get environmentally unsafe cars off the road by mandating smog tests in the U.S. and e-tests in Canada for older cars. Make sure you fulfill your obligation to have these tests done.

Step 3

Control your water use. Water is a natural resource, but it's often taken for granted. A lot of energy goes into filtering water and making it usable again after you flush it down the drain. Plus, when you're watering your lawn excessively, it wastes water and requires more of water treatment plants than is necessary. All of that leads to pollution. You can help the environment by leaving your hose in the garage and use it only when necessary. Wash your car with a bucket of water, not with an endless stream of water from your hose. Don't water your lawn too much; and in the cases of a drought, don't water it at all. Don't wash your driveway -- instead, use a broom. There are plenty of living things that desperately need fresh water besides your lawn and your driveway. Help the environment and minimize your water usage.

Step 4

Change your lawn cutting routine. You can also help the environment by changing the way you cut your lawn. Letting your lawn grow for even a few more days has several benefits. First of all, it requires less gas from your mower, putting less pollution into the environment. Plus, the denser grass absorbs more moisture, keeping your lawn more luscious and requiring less watering. It's a win-win situation. You should also consider using a manual reel mower instead of a gas or even an electric mower. These are just as effective as regular mowers, but only require manpower to operate. It's cost efficient and great for the environment!

Step 5

Dispose of materials properly. Another important way that you can help the environment while you're in your garage is to throw out materials properly. Not all garbage is accepted by the curb because it is harmful to the environment. Hazard materials need to be taken to specific facilities that can process them. Old tires should be recycled instead of tossed in the dumpster. If you can reuse, reduce and recycle the trash from and near your garage, you'll help the environment stay healthy for centuries to come.


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