Many people think that going green is easier said than done. Actually, it’s a much easier than you think. And if you’re thinking of making that change, there are a lot of ways that you can start and still make a powerful impact. Learn how you can start living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle below:
Conserving water. You know what they say: “Where there’s water, there’s life.” Consequentially, there will be no life without water. We seemingly have more than enough at our disposal, to the point that we end up wasting a lot of it. Why must we keep being reminded about the importance of water and the fact that it is possible for us to run out of it? You can make a difference by cutting your water usage in these ways:
- Making sure your faucets have no leaks.
- Turning off the faucet when water is not actually in use (like when you’re brushing your teeth) or installing automatic touch-free faucets that turn off on their own.
- Taking more showers instead of tub baths.
- Getting double flushers for your toilets.
- Getting low-flow showerheads.
Recycling. The amount of waste that end up becoming landfill is overwhelming. You can do your part and not contribute to polluting the Earth by recycling your old materials, such as cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and containers, tin cans, paper products and even plastic bags. It shouldn’t be too hard, considering there are easily a hundred ways that you can reuse these types of materials.
Conserve electricity and energy. You may be paying those bills for all your use of electricity and energy, but that doesn’t mean you should keep all your lights on all day and night. What many don’t know is that by using electricity, we consume fossil fuels and by overusing fossil fuels, we indirectly create pollutants and greenhouse gasses that are dangerous to our atmosphere. Be a little nicer to our environment by using a water heater with a switch and even using compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). The next time you decide to leave the air conditioning on when it’s already pretty cool outside, well, think again.
Drive your car less. The worst pollutant that harms the atmosphere is the carbon monoxide that is released by vehicles. You can minimize your use of cars (and, in turn, the emissions and your gas) in these ways:
- Join a carpool for school or work.
- Take public transportation.
- Walking when you can, especially for short distances.
- Scheduling errands on chosen days in a week.
- Use environmental-friendly gas or fuel.
Use More Energy-Efficient Appliances. Today’s generation has tons of more energy-efficient and environmental friendly appliances that help lessen the consumption of fossil fuels. Make beneficial choices and pick out energy-star rated refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and other appliances that will markedly reduce your energy consumption at home. Energy-star rated appliances can markedly reduce your total energy consumption.
Ditch the plastic bags. Some groceries and supermarkets have already banned the use of plastic bags for their toxicity—when they do decompose after a couple of decades. However, there are still some that use plastic bags to save on cost. To be safe, bring your own paper bags, cotton bags or any other non-plastic bag for your next trip to the supermarket.
Save on paper. We all know paper comes from trees, and we also know what they do to trees just to provide us with paper in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Keep yourself from contributing to tree deaths by doing the following:
- If you’re schooling, it’s a good idea to buy used books—you get to save some money, too!
- If you’re just planning to make personal lists, opt to use scratch papers instead of ripping out a brand new page for every idea.
- Use your phone or tablet for saving reminders, notes, phone messages, contact details, lists, and other stuff that you’d use Post-Its or notepads for.
- Pay your bills online so you don’t have get bills in your mail.
Plant trees. Because we can’t stop the production of paper and wooden furniture (to name a few), help even things out by planting trees yourself. If you don’t know how to do this on your own, there are a lot of charity groups and organizations you can join that have regular schedules for tree planting activities.
Use rechargeables. You probably don’t know that the batteries we use around the house (for our remotes, flashlights and other gadgets) are actually made up of a whole lot of toxic substances that do no good for our soil and water table. Invest in rechargeable batteries that not only help save the environment, but also save you money overtime.
We’re sure you found a couple of easy ways that you can do to help save the environment from our list above. Don’t hesitate to try them out! Not only will you end up feeling proud for being a responsible human walking this Earth, you’ll realize it also saves you a couple of bucks. Now that’s a win-win situation that will motivate you to go green all the way!