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Green Travel While Minimizing Damage to the Environment

Posted by SEPCO

3/28/13 9:30 AM

SEPCO can provide you with solar electric power, helping to reduce the negative impact that you have upon the environment with regards to lighting, but this is only a single step towards living your life in an environmentally conscious manner. In order to truly possess a green existence, it is important to consider ecological issues in every area of your life. One way in which people can minimize the amount of pollution that they create is by ensuring that they opt for methods of transportation that cause the least possible amount of harm to the world that we live in. Whether you are traveling to another city within America or taking a vacation overseas, there are ways of making sure that you don’t pollute the planet any more than you need to. Here are some tips for environmentally friendly travel.

CruiseGoing on a Cruise

Nowadays more and more people are going on cruise vacations. They are a pleasurable, relaxing way to see the world. However it is important to choose a cruise ship that is ecologically sound. In order to ensure that the boat that you decide on for your journey is an environmentally friendly travel option, you should look at what steps have been put in place to reduce the amount of energy that is taken up by its air conditioning system. The Holland America Line has covered its ship windows with a dark film to provide the cabins and rooms with a degree of protection from the heat generated by the sun, thus decreasing the amount of work that the air con systems have to do. You should also try and go for a ship that is provided by a company that has fuel reduction initiatives in place. In order to ensure that its ships are a green form of travel, Disney Cruise Line keeps the cooking oil that is used to make food on its boats and uses it to power the machinery on Castaway Cay, which is an island that acts as a port for the company’s boats.

Traveling by Train

TrainTrains are a more environmentally friendly form of transport than buses or cars, as they are responsible for fewer greenhouse gas emissions per mile traveled per passenger than either of the latter two forms of transportation. However there are still steps that can be taken in order to make sure that you choose the greenest train company for your trip. Read up on each company’s corporate social responsibility before making your decision. A detailed examination will reveal that some companies are far more environmentally conscious than others. Walking the distance from the station that you arrive at to your intended destination as opposed to either using public transport or getting a lift can also help to reduce your carbon footprint providing it is not too far.

BusGetting the Bus

If you opt to travel by bus then you should take time to work out which companies provide the greenest journeys. Some companies use biodiesel fuel and / or ultra-low sulfur diesel, which can lead to a ninety percent decrease in polluting particulate emissions. Others monitor breaking and speed patterns, enabling them to save eight percent on fuel and five percent on tire tread. Sometimes there will inevitably only be a single company that can take you to where you want to go but it is worth making yourself aware of the options that are available to you.

Going by Car

CarThere are a number of different ways to reduce the impact that traveling by car has upon the environment. Firstly you can participate in a car share scheme. The more people that travel in a single car, the less cars there will be on the road and the less pollution there will be. You could also invest in an electric car or a hybrid car. The former causes less pollution, cuts fuel costs and slashes oil consumption. Studies conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists have concluded that these cars can save you between seven hundred and fifty dollars and one thousand two hundred dollars per annum based on eleven thousand miles of driving. Hybrid cars are a type of vehicle that utilizes more than one distinct power source in order to move. These cars have been proven to produce up to ninety percent less pollution.

PlaneFlying to your Destination

In recent years, some airlines have taken steps to reduce the destruction that they wreak upon the environment. Some planes are equipped with energy-efficient engines that decrease mono-nitrogen oxide emissions by up to a quarter and others have taken implemented measures to reduce the amount of pollution that is produced by their ground hubs. You might also want to opt for an airline that is working to reduce its municipal waste by forgoing in-flight magazines, using real dishes for meals as opposed to disposables and recycling food service items.

Walk or Cycle if Possible

BikeThe greenest methods of transport are clearly walking and cycling, as they have no negative effect upon the environment. You should therefore opt for these methods whenever possible. This might not be practical when you are going on long journeys but they are certainly practical when going to the shops or visiting a friend who lives nearby. Some people place their own convenience above the need to preserve the environment. However ask yourself this: would you rather avoid tiring yourself out and taking longer to get from A to B or cause irreparable damage to the world in which you live? Adhering to an ecologically sound way of life can ensure that you sleep easy in the knowledge that you are doing your bit to make sure that the future of the planet is a bright one, whether it be by using a green form of transportation or using solar energy powered lighting. What are you waiting for? Formulate a plan to help save the world today and see how much better you feel on account of doing so.

Author: Laura Whitehead

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Topics: Guest Post, Green Travel

Vacation in Green Style

Posted by SEPCO

3/1/12 9:30 AM

Green Vacation

Of late, you can see people considering the green agenda seriously. Thanks to the ongoing and growing concerns for the environment and its awareness in the masses. The term green has now become a major buzzword for environmentalists and activists working for this issue. The green revolution has therefore embarked a new lifestyle by making everything green.

You can therefore see people choosing recycling products, saying no to plastics, preferring carpool ideas for commuting at workplace and many more such measures under the tag of green. So you will see people protecting their planet in various ways, this certainly includes going for a green holiday. They have started visiting the environment friendly places for the excursions and holidays. If you are planning for any holiday, try having a green holiday by these tips and ideas as discussed below:

At your destination: When you stay at a hotel, make sure you only use required things. You can reuse your towels rather than asking for a new one several times a day. You can have the privilege of getting endless of bath towels and other amenities; however, you should try to alleviate this temptation. Similarly, you should go for shorter showers and at the same time avoid wasting water. You can also think of carrying soaps from your home and think of refilling the shampoo bottles. Further, avoid using the disposable cameras; instead use rechargeable batteries.

During your travel: When you are flying, go for e-ticketing options. In this way, you will not only save paper but also you will find this pretty convenient. Make sure to walk as much as you can rather than always going to search on any vehicle. This is not only eco friendly but also is good for health. If you can manage to use bicycle for sightseeing, try using it. Also move with your own water bottle so that you can refill during your travel as and when required.

The souvenirs: Make sure you do not damage the trees or plants or pluck any flower or simply picking up pretty stones. Plus think of supporting the local communities by procuring some handmade souvenirs made by the local people. In this way you will be supporting the farmer’s market created by the community artisans or the craftspeople.

Large SuitecaseThe packing: Make sure your luggage or bag is light weight. The lighter your pack, the less would be the fuel required to move your luggage. Keeping this in mind, come up with things of bare necessities. Also, bring your own bags like the duffel bags totes or Ziploc bags, in this way you alleviate the use of plastic bags from any store. Think on reducing your laundry use as well by wearing one dress for at least two days until and unless the weather demands. In this way you can reduce the water and energy required to clean the clothes.

Eating: When you travel, make sure you avoid eating at the fast food restaurants. Make sure you eat less meat especially the cow meat since it is responsible for the methane pollution. Plus try eating vegetarian food few times a week in your holiday, by doing so you can slash down the air pollution. Rather eat at the local restaurants and prefer eating organic food which is grown locally. In this way you will reduce pollution owing to the food transportation.

By having a green holiday, it doesn’t mean that you do not enjoy your vacation. These are just simple tweaks to be carried out in simple and easy ways. So relying on the tips and ideas as discussed in the above article can give you a fulfilling and unique experience. And above all by having such holidays you will be contributing something to save environment.

About the author: Rubela Jhonnie is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. Recently an article on Wireless Media Player attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on luxury yachts.

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Topics: Guest Post, Green Ideas, Fun Green Articles, Green Travel

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