When it comes to protecting the environment, reducing pollution, and eliminating waste, we all have a role to play in making a difference. Did you know that an environmentally friendly lifestyle is more attainable than it may seem? It starts with simple changes in your home. Below are 10 simple steps to help you create a more eco-friendly and greener home:
- Make the Switch to LED Light Bulbs
If you haven’t already, switch to the LED light bulbs! They consume 90% less energy and provide up to 10,000 hours of light. This simple change will help you save on your energy bill and reduce the need to frequently replace light bulbs.
- Get Reusable Bags
When going to the grocery store, switch to reusable grocery and produce bags. While you might have already invested in reusable bags to carry your groceries out of the store, the clear plastic produce bags still produce a lot of waste and pollute the environment. Look for compostable options or opt in for reusable mesh bags that are lightweight.
- Rethink Driving
Did you know that about 95% of all carbon monoxide emission in cities comes from cars? To reduce this number, look for alternative transportation methods when going to work or running errands. The options include public transportation, biking, or even walking. Of course, if you don’t live in walking distance to your destination, consider combining your errands to reduce emission waste. If you absolutely must drive, learn more about eco-driving options that help reduce fuel usage.
- Switch to Paperless Billing
Many institutions, like your bank, insurance, utility, and phone company, now offer paperless billing options that are sent directly to your email address. Although one paper bill statement in the mail may not seem like a lot, imagine the impact an entire city can have if we all went paperless. It’s a small step towards a bigger change.
- Shop Second Hand
Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world? With fast-fashion options on the rise, the output of emission and waste is only increasing. Shopping second-hand for clothes and furniture can help offset this impact. Plus, you never know what kind of a vintage gem you may find!
- Switch to Homemade Cleaners
Did you know that many cleaning products produce fumes that are not only harmful to humans but also to the environment? Switching to a simple homemade cleaner is the safer option. To create one, dilute white vinegar with water (1:1 ratio) and place it in a spray bottle. If you’re a fan of scented cleaners, add a drop of vanilla or fruit extract to create a pleasant smell in your home.
- Collect Rainwater for Your Plants
To preserve water usage and save money on your water bill, start collecting rainwater for your plants. Rainwater has fewer chemicals and is beneficial for the soil. All you need is a downspout, a bucket, and the weather forecast!
- Repurpose Your Clothes and Towels
Buying paper towels for cleaning purposes not only leads to deforestation but also increases your household waste. Repurposing old towels or clothes for cleaning purposes is not only environmentally friendly, but also free!
- Shop Local
When shopping for groceries, think about how far your food travels before finally reaching your hands. The longer the trip, the more fuel and packaging is required. Whenever possible, shop at local farmer’s markets to reduce the amount your food travels. As a bonus, you will support local businesses and get to create delicious meals with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Use the Library
Your local public library is not only the coolest place on earth (seriously!), but also environmentally friendly! We operate on a practice that encourages the re-using of books and other resources. Think of us like a large recycling depot of stories and information!
Whether you choose to implement all ten of the above tips or just one, you are contributing to a greener future! Want more tips? Checkout the books below to learn more: