Energy is something each one of us uses every day. From coal-powered energy to renewable energy to the energy our bodies use to get through the day. Energy is an integral part of our lives. So what steps can each of us take if we’re looking to improve our energy?
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Let’s look at 7 eco tips each of us can use to help us get weaned off bad energy, increase our good energy and lower our overall energy consumption.
1 – Fresh Air: On a personal level, breathing in fresh air will help you stay energized. Deep breaths in and out of fresh, natural air will help get oxygen in your system and give you an infusion of energy. Toxins from indoor air pollution can lower your concentration levels and make it harder to get things done. So remember to spend some time in the fresh outdoors and breathe deep!
2 – Sleep well: We all know how exhausted we feel after not getting a good night’s sleep. Sometimes it might seem like you are dragging through the day. Maybe you eat more to try and get extra energy or maybe you end up taking twice the time to get something done. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to energy production (and consumption).
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3 – Drink more water: Another way to improve your energy is by drinking more water. Since our bodies are made up of mostly water, keeping them hydrated is key. Without water, we feel tired, worn out and lacking the energy we may need to get things done.
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4 – Get unplugged: Not only will you consume less energy by logging off and unplugging your computer, television and other electronic devices (yes, cell phones included), but you will probably have more energy yourself. Have you ever notice how drained you can be after spending the day being a slave to your electronics? The solution is simple, unplug.
5- Unplug your home: Now, I’m not talking about completely taking yourself off the grid (although if you can do it I highly recommend it). I mean going through your home and unplugging all the kitchen appliances, electronics and other items that really don’t need to be plugged in 24/7. Getting rid of those phantom loads can really improve your energy consumption and lower your energy bills.
6 – Opt for natural: Open your windows to get fresh air rather than spending money and energy to cool down (or warm up) your home. During the day, open the shades or blinds and let in natural light rather than wasting energy by turning on the lights in your home.
7 – Put your home on an energy diet: There are so many little (and big) things you can do around your home to help make it more energy-efficient, the key is to do them. A smart tip is to look at putting your home on an energy diet.
As you can see, there are many simple ways to improve your energy, personally and at home. The key is to get rid of bad or unwanted energy and work on ways to produce good energy. Not sure how you measure up? Check out the National Geographic Personal Energy Meter to find out if you are energy smart.
The key is to be aware of your energy, generation and consumption, so that you can then work out ways to personally improve your energy. I hope some of these eco tips can help you do that as well! If you have any other eco tips you use to improve your energy, let me know. I’d love to share them.