This is the first in the series of ways in which you can be green while living as a travel nurse. Being a travel nurse can really make living easy. Your housing is provided, your utility bills paid and you’re making great money. With all these wonderful benefits of travel nursing it can be easy to get carried away and live a frivolous life. That’s fine as long as you can afford to, but there are some matters in which you should really take a closer look at, more specifically what you waste.
In the 21st century it is important to think about the effect we as humans are having on planet Earth. Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere like Bin Laden – I’m sure you’ve heard of the catastrophe that is the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What a disaster that is! This is just one obvious and major concern for our environment, but there are many smaller scale topics we must also be concerned with as it all adds up one way or another.
Wherever your next travel nursing job may take you, it is important to think the same green way. In some states and cities you can be penalized and fined for not recycling, or using too much water while in other places these things seem less important. No matter where, it is all important and vital that you start living green, not only for you but for generations to come. So what are some measures you can take to ensure you are leaving far fewer carbon footprints?
One obvious way to reduce your footprint is to travel less by automobile. Sure, you have to get to your next assignment some how. But what about when you’re there? Do you have a bicycle? Is the facility you’ll be working at within walking distance? Perhaps it is far enough away to warrant traveling by some sort of motorized transportation, and what better way than public transit. Most major cities have buses and rail systems to get you where you need to be. Or, once you’ve familiarized yourself with co-workers try and organize a car pool. If you must travel by car to get to work and around town, try and plan carefully before you head out for the day. Try and get groceries, the movie rental and your hair cut all in the same outing. This will save you time, money and gas.
While living in your company provided housing it’s easy to be wasteful since you’re not paying the bills. But that is no way to think. If you’re going to be gone for 12 hours a day, make sure to turn off the lights. Unplug electronics and other power sapping devices, even your phone charger is eating up electricity when not in use. These small things can surely add up to big savings!
When brushing your teeth, turn off the water until you need to rinse. When doing laundry, try and compile a big load as opposed to just washing an outfit you want to wear for the next day. This one may sound strange, but go buy yourself a low-flow shower head. This will help reduce water consumption – but don’t forget to take it with you once your assignment is over, as long as you’ve saved to old one to put back.
Canvas bags are all the rage as of late. Use these at the grocery store and every other place you’ll shop. There’s no need for all those fancy, yet wasteful paper and plastic bags you get with every purchase. By doing this you’ll cut the use of bags, by two-thirds!
Start with these few easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint. It doesn’t take a lot of work to be green, just some forethought and before you know it you’ll be living green! Tune in next week for other ways in which you can protect mother Earth.