If you keep up with the news, you have probably heard about the dangers of climate change and the damage we are doing to the environment. The good news is that you can take action today to ensure that you are doing your part to protect the world that we call home.
Here are ten steps that you can take to help the environment in your everyday life:
1. Control Water Use
It is easy to assume that you do not overuse water in your home. But little things can add up, like for instance, leaving the tap on while brushing your teeth or shaving can waste a lot of water. Make changes to how everyone in your home uses water!
2. Forget The Car
Ditch your car during certain occasions. While you may need your car on some days, try to bike, walk or use public transit when possible. And on the days when you need to take your car, consider carpooling with others.
Every modern product that you buy will have a label indicating whether it can be recycled. If you see a recycling label, put it in your recycling pile. And then take that pile out each week so that your local recycling center can do its work.
There are so many ways that we can cut down on our consumption. Ditching plastic bags and zip-top bags for the freezer is one step. By purchasing reusable grocery bags and Freezer Bags, you can start to cut down on how much plastic you waste each month.
Take some time to imagine how much trash you produce in a year. Composting can help you recycle a lot of your solid waste each year. And it is so easy, while it even helps fertilize your garden!
6. Change Light Bulbs
You can purchase CFL bulbs that are 10 times longer lasting compared to regular bulbs. And they are more energy efficient as well!
7. Insulate Your Home
Through energy efficient windows and other steps, you can insulate your home so that less air goes in and out. It will ensure you can run your heating and cooling system less during the summer and winter months to achieve the same temperature.
8. Turn Off Lights
If you are not in a room, turn off the lights. And consider removing some light bulbs from your light fixtures, if you do not need rooms to be incredibly bright all the time!
9. Buy Second Hand
Consider purchasing second hand goods when possible. Items such as clothes are great second hand, especially if you visit vintage or thrift shops. And it reduces your overall consumption.
10. Keep Electronics Longer
Resist the urge to buy a new cell phone, tablet or laptop every year. And if you do buy electronics often, buy used ones instead!
It is easy to become overwhelmed by bad news regarding the environment. You may feel as if there is nothing a single person can do. But if you make the right changes and encourage others to do the same, it will make a difference!