Contribute to a safe environment
When it comes to being eco-friendly, there are many ways to go about this. People are increasingly interested in what their environmental impact is, and there are a variety of things that you can do to contribute to saving the planet, all from the comfort of your own home. Not only will these simple hacks help to protect the environment, but they could help you to save a lot of dough, too, so why not try them out and see whether they can make your home the eco-friendly abode that it should be?
1 Turn things off, not to standby
There are so many things that we have turned on in our homes all of the time, and the main offender here is the television. Instead of turning it to standby, turn it off at the wall, and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of time and money in the process. Whilst this may seem like something that doesn’t make that much of a difference, imagine what the impact would be like if we all made the effort to do this in our homes. Make sure that you do this before you leave your home to go on vacation, too, as you’ll be paying to have the television on in a house that you’re not even living in! These small things do add up, and they will help us to save the planet together.
2 Change the lightbulbs
This may seem like another little thing that you can do, but think about how long your lights are on for, and how much electricity they use. If you can just change your lightbulbs to the energy efficient kind – which won’t make any difference when it comes down to the quality of the lighting – you’ll save yourself a whole lot of money, and it will reduce your carbon footprint a lot more than you think. You can get energy efficient bulbs from most stores now, so invest a little bit of money in changing them all over, and you’ll be glad that you did in the long run. Another tip here is to have lamps on rather than lights, as it could save you a bit of cash on your bill.
3 Eat less meat
This one is widely discussed now, but the general consensus is that the production of meat is deeply harmful for the environment. It has been said that avoiding meat and dairy is the single most efficient way to cut down your carbon footprint, and that the amount of land that farming takes up has led to dramatic decreases in species populations, causing extinction rates to go up. Whilst you may not want to cut meat and dairy out altogether, or every day, you could even try to cut down by having three meat free days a week. There are plenty of healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes out there, and it doesn’t just have to be beans and rice like you may believe!
4 Invest in a water tank
Water is another part of the environment that is under threat, but luckily, there are some ways to be more eco-friendly when it comes to this. Think about how much your water bill costs a year, and how much water you consume from the tap. You don’t necessarily have to do this, however, as you could store rainwater in slimline water tanks and cut your water consumption from the tap to nothing if you live in the appropriate climate. Think about the effects on the environment of building reservoirs, filtering the water, and installing all of the pipework, and then think about what your carbon footprint could be if you didn’t have to contribute to this. Good for the wallet, and the soul.
5 Buy local products
Not only is buying from local stores good for the local economy, but it also helps the environment, too. Instead of having products that are flown over from different parts of the world. Obviously these produce a lot of pollution and are not very eco-friendly – try out some of the foods made by those living near to you. It may be a little more expensive sometimes, but it will certainly be worth it when you’ve helped the environment and you can see your local area thriving economically as a result. Help those little independent stores and restaurants to stay open, by choosing things that haven’t come from miles and miles away!
6 Don’t buy plastic
Whilst purchasing something that is itself plastic, or something that comes in plastic packaging, is sometimes an inevitability, try to avoid it as much as you can. When you do buy it, you are essentially using and disposing of something that is harmful to wildlife, litters the oceans, and doesn’t decompose at a quick rate at all. Whilst some plastics are marked as being recyclable, it is best to avoid them altogether if you can. Think about it: do you really need to put your fruit and vegetables into plastic bags at the store, or can you just wash them at home instead? It’s also a good idea to invest in a non-plastic shopping bag, and bring it with you each time that you go to the store.
7 Waste not, want not
When you think about the distance that your food has probably traveled before it ends up on your plate, it seems like a very sad thing indeed to throw it away instead of eating it. Think wisely about whether you have to throw something away on the exact date that it ‘expires’ and is considered no longer suitable to eat. Make sure when you keep left overs to label them, before freezing or putting them in the fridge. Whilst there are some things that you just have to dispose of, a lot of things are actually still good to use. Don’t buy food if you don’t think that it will be eaten in time, and make sure that you compost the food that you don’t think is safe to eat.
Try out these eco-friendly home hacks, and see whether they can change your environmental impact!
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