How to Be Green While Traveling

Everyone loves a great vacation. Time to relax and unwind and escape for a while. Or maybe you're traveling on business and are going to be away for a couple of days. Sometimes this can be a very stressful situation. But in the midst of all that paradise and stress filled minds, we sometimes may forget our responsibilities to conserve as much energy as possible. Well get ready, because we are about to dive into ten great ways to save the maximum amount of energy while you're away.

  1. Unplug all electronics in your home so they aren't using idle energy while you're gone. If necessary, even consider taking this chance to clean out your refrigerator and leave it unplugged if possible.
  2. Bring your own toiletries with you. This will minimize the use of pre-packaged items at the hotel and anywhere else.
  3. You're basically visiting someone else's city, be generous and don't litter. Use every opportunity to recycle what you can.
  4. Carry a personal grocery bag or two. This will greatly decrease the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and any other store that uses them.
  5. Conserve all the water possible. Turn off the sink while shaving or brushing your teeth and take shorter showers. Maybe even consider turning the shower off while you wash your hair.
  6. Carpool or take public transportation when possible. This will reduce your carbon footprint.
  7. When you leave your hotel room, make sure lights and climate control are turned off. Conserving electricity in the hotel is still your responsibility.
  8. Before leaving home, switch your water heater to "vacation" or "Pilot".
  9. Set lights on timers at home if possible. Especially if you don't want anyone to know you are gone. You can conserve energy while simultaneously maintaining the illusion that you are home.
  10. When you leave your home, turn off all fans or A/C in the house. You don't want to create a comfortable room for no one to enjoy it!

These are just some of the great ways to enhance your energy conservation over the course of your trip. Have you been on a trip lately? Tell us what kind of experience you had and what you did to conserve energy, or maybe even what you didn't do!

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