Of course you should be more green, I answered emphatically.
The very next day, she left her flat iron, TV, lights, and the stovetop on when she left for work in the morning. Later, I noticed she put three plates and a cup in the otherwise empty dishwasher and started a new cycle.
Here's a little list of little things you can (and probably already) do to reduce your carbon footprint:
- Turn the lights off when you leave a room
- Turn off and unplug small appliances and chargers to avoid phantom charge
- Fill up the dishwasher before you start a new cycle
- Keep the thermostat at 68 in the winter and 76 in the summer - Dress for the weather!
- Recycle when and where appropriate
The basics. These are the very basic things everyone should be doing. Most people have heard some variation of this list, but it can't hurt to hear it again. Green living aside, it saves money! And as a twenty-something living out on my own, I don't want to be stuck with giant electricity bills because dear roomie walks around without a clue.
Sustainability, both economic and environmental, is easy to achieve. You just have to start with the little things.