How to Conserve Natural Resources

How to Conserve Natural Resources. The progress of modern civilization has had a profound impact on our planet's natural resources. Thankfully, there are many simple steps you can take to conserve water, oil and trees.

Take Steps to Conserve Water

  1. Exercise restraint when watering your lawn. A lawn sprinkler system can spray thousands of gallons of water into your yard in the average month. Instead of planting a garden that requires constant maintenance, consider using plants that are native to your natural environment.

  2. Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water instead of a garden hose. A hose can waste as much as 150 gallons each time it's used to wash a car. That can add up quickly when you consider the number of vehicles owned by the average American family.

  3. Conserve one of our most precious natural resources by installing energy-efficient showerheads and faucets. These spouts help to restrict the flow of water and can greatly reduce the amount used in a month. To conserve even more water, consider taking showers instead of baths.

Conserve Oil With Your Car

  1. Attend to all of your vehicle's scheduled maintenance needs. Work with a trusted mechanic to keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. While you may have to invest in modest amounts of oil, coolants or other automotive fluids, the costs and energy expenditures associated with major car repairs are far greater.

  2. Use motor oils that boast a low multi-grade rating. Consult your vehicle's owner manual for detailed information on the recommended kinds of motor oils. Your owner's manual will detail a range of acceptable multi-grade oils.

  3. Switch to environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles. The continued depletion of our planet's natural resources has made hybrid cars a viable choice for suburban moms and hippie environmentalists alike.

Help to Conserve the Planet's Forests

  1. Participate in your community's recycling programs. Implement a recycling program at your office too.

  2. Buy products manufactured with recycled paper. Many companies use their reputation as recyclers to attract business from eco-conscious customers.

  3. Reuse junk mail and scraps of paper whenever possible. Instead of pitching old envelopes, use them to keep notes or make grocery lists.

  4. Tip

    Conserve even more natural resources by making the switch to solar power. While the costs of installing solar equipment are substantial, the long-term savings on your power bill will likely be even greater. Experts estimate that a solar power system can slash as much as 80 percent from the average power bill. Additionally, you may qualify for government tax breaks.