It’s no secret that the effects of pollution, ozone damage, and fossil fuel use are not the best. You may wonder how you can help or what changes you can start making today to leave a positive impact on the environment for tomorrow. Here are some tips on how you can go green where it matters most, in your own home.
The first place you can start is to consume less. Aim to use less electricity and less water for a start. Take shorter showers, and try to wash clothes on cold whenever possible. Turn you thermostat a few degrees colder in the winter and a few degrees hotter in the summer. Turn off lights and appliances when you are not using them. Some appliances will still call for energy, even when they are turned off, so you can unplug them or use a smart power strip.
Do not buy bottled water. It is expensive and energy consuming to produce and the amount of plastic waste it generates every year is staggering. Instead, install a water filter to your home faucet and fill up reusable water bottles.
Reducing the amount of waste you produce is another great way to help the environment. Recycle any and every thing that you can, and if your local center will not take certain materials see if there is a pick up service or other business nearby that will.
Try to use reusable containers and reusable cleaning rags. Avoid the one-and-done or throwaway products like paper towels, disposable cleaning wipes, etc. You can also try composting your organic waste. Donate or repurpose items that can still be used rather than just throwing them away. See if you can fix or find a different use for something before you toss it. Women can use reusable menstrual solutions rather than using disposable pads and tampons.
The third area you can go green is to purchase more environmentally friendly solutions like a solar panel battery, solar panels, solar powered appliances, low-flow shower heads, energy saving light bulbs, and more. All of these small changes add up to a big difference.
Taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint will not only help you in the short-term by lowering your energy costs and reducing health hazards, but will continue to provide rewards long-term as well. So whether you buy a solar panel battery, switch to reusable packaging, or do all of the above, you will be doing your part to save the planet which is your ultimate home.