Our sea level is rising, and the weather is now consistently out of whack (just look outside). It might seem like an insurmountable situation—something best left to our “trusty” lawmakers and politicians—but there actually is something you can do, and from the comfort of your home, no less. A lot of things, actually. They don’t have to take up all your time or money, either: Sure, you could install solar panels or invest in a new selection of Energy Star Appliances, but we recommend starting smaller. Here are 10 things you can do tonight, or tomorrow, or this weekend to make your home a more eco-friendly place.
1.Turn it off
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.According to research from Imperial College London,The amount of carbon dioxide can be saved by switching off the lights is 60 percent too low, and the seemingly insignificant action has greater consequences than experts once assumed.you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!
2.Use LED light bulbs
Not only do LED light bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, they’re far more efficient too! This means that you’ll be using less power and having to replace your light bulbs less frequently – everyone’s a winner. What’s more, they’re available in a range of brightness and designs so you can really tailor the lighting to your needs or to suit the room. But use natural lights as much as you can.
3.Grow your own
Growing your own veg isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly. Don’t have any outside space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home. Scientists from the University of Technology in Australia found that the soil in potted plants can clean indoor air of toxic substances like benzene.
If you have let your food go that little bit too far past its ‘best by’ then you need to be sure to compost it rather than putting it in the bin. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill – and as it won’t break down anaerobically, there will not be a build-up of methane gas.
5.Fix it, don’t throw it
Repairing or fixing something is more environmentally friendly than simply throwing things away, although the latter may seem easier and cheaper sometimes. The internet gives you access to the tools and information you need to fix practically anything, and if you still can’t fix it then why not try and turn it into something else?
6.Plant some trees
Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to eco-friendly living. Without a stable ecosystem, things start to fall apart. Making sure that we’re planting more native trees to replace those that have been felled to make room for developments is something that more people and businesses need to do to protect the environment and improve air quality.
7.Cut out plastic
Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, giving it up isn’t as difficult as you might think – bring a canvas bag with you when you go shopping, buy your fruit and veg loose and stop buying bottled water. Buy a reusable bottle instead and you’ll be saving the environment with every sip.
8.Unplug unused electronics
Want to save the planet in seconds? Just unplug. “The simplest and most obvious way to eliminate power losses is to unplug products when not in use,” write the authors of Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings – 9th Edition. If you don’t feel like pulling every lamp and charger out of the outlet when you leave the house, use a power strip instead—it’ll leave you with just a single thing to unplug.
9.Use eco-friendly cleaning products
A lot of cleaning products have a lot of harmful chemicals in them that aren’t environmentally friendly to create or dispose of. In fact, repeated exposure to these cleaning products can affect your health as well as the environment. Green cleaning products use more natural and organic methods of cleaning which are far less harmful.
10.Invest in eco-friendly technology
Want to go further than simply turning it off? Make sure that the tech you have got is as energy-efficient as possible. This way, you’re using much less energy for the time that the product is on, saving money, and reducing your energy output. Have a solar powered heaters and power generators which will give you lots of benefits over a year.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Tao Te Ching
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