Global warming, droughts, floods, and other environmental concerns have become daily news. Not only are extreme weather conditions more frequent today, but they are more extreme and frightening than before. Statistics about climate change are intimidating, and if this trend continued, we’d face more intense floods, droughts, wildfires, and food shortages by as early as 2030 according to ipcc.ch.
There is abundant evidence that all this is caused due to harmful human practices. Almost everything that we do has an impact on our environment. So, any eco-conscious change in our lifestyle is an attempt to make our home eco-friendly as well as restore our environment.
If you are passionate about the planet, here are some tips that you can follow to become part of the solution. These simple green habits will not only rid you of worrying about the soaring energy prices, but they will also make your life and the surroundings safer, healthier, and greener.
Shift to renewables:
More than 75 percent of all CO2 emissions come from fossil fuels. The increased reliance on non-renewable energy sources has resulted in acid rains, lower crop yields, and degradation of biodiversity.
Shift towards the cheapest and most eco-friendly source of heat and light that is just outside your window. During the day time, open your doors, windows, and shutters to lighten and warm your home.
Additionally, install solar panels to power your appliances and reduce your reliance on non-renewable energy sources. It is a surefire way to make your home greener and lower carbon and other greenhouse emissions. Moreover, photovoltaic solar panels are now cheaper than ever, which provides you the opportunity to slash your utility bill.
Cut back on your plastic consumption:
No matter how hard we try, always manage to come home with shopping carts full of plastics in all shapes and sizes.
Being an inexpensive and lightweight material, shoppers can hardly go plastic-free. Every year, we consume nearly 1 trillion plastic bags, but only 9 percent of it gets recycled as per nbcnews.com.
The problem with plastic is that it is non-biodegradable and poses a threat to human health and wildlife. Even when it breaks down, it releases toxic chemicals during the process that causes reproductive issues and other severe problems.
To reduce your carbon footprint, a good practice is to use reusable cotton bags for grocery shopping. Try to purchase products with recyclable packaging and use your own jars and containers that can be reused.
Grow indoor and outdoor plants and trees:
The best way to make your home greener is by planting trees. They not only decorate your surroundings but also remove toxic pollutants from the air.
They also provide shade and keep the house cooler. This means that you will require less air conditioning to keep your home at a desirable temperature in the hot summer months.
Try to choose native plants and trees that require less water for irrigation, which means less use of natural resources. Look out for plants and trees at the Manuel Diaz Farms that might be native to your landscape. These plants require fewer pesticides and fertilizers, while the local wildlife hugely benefits from it.
You can also try your hand at a rain garden that will channel the rainwater to flourish the native plants and keep your yard lush.
Besides the physical health benefits, they also have psychological benefits. Studies suggest that having green plants around increase memory retention by as much as 20 percent.
Reduce your kitchen and garden waste by setting up a compost bin. You can compost the kitchen waste, leaves, and grass clippings to create fertile soil that will require minimum chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
You can also use your coffee grounds as plant food since they are rich in nitrogen. They make up for excellent fertilizer and reduces the need to purchase chemical plant food.
Switch to LED lights:
Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs emit a large amount of heat and contain harmful toxins. Since LEDs are coming down in price, use them to lighten your home without worrying about heat emissions and other hazards.
On top of that, LEDs last 8-25 times longer and use 75 percent less energy than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, which make them cost-efficient in the long run. Try to conserve your energy consumption by switching off bulbs when you leave your room.
Look out for leaks:
Leaking toilets and faucets waste a lot of water that can be used in other activities. According to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, an average household’s leaks account for over 10,000 gallons of water waster each year. They also reported that the overall annual household leaks could waste up to 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide.
Pay attention to any dripping sound in the home and call a professional plumber as soon as you notice a leak. If left unnoticed, these leaks will not only skyrocket your monthly bill but also damage your pipes. Replacement of pipes will cost you a hundred to several thousand dollars depending on the hardware needed.
These lifestyle changes and green tips may seem minor, but they will have a profound impact on your surroundings in the long run. Embrace these tips to make your house greener, cleaner, and safer for yourself and your family.
Audrey Throne, the author, has an ongoing affair with the words that capture readers’ attention. Her passion for writing dates back to her pre-blogging days. She loves to share her thoughts related to business, technology, health and fashion. To date, she has given life to multiple worth-a-second-read pieces. Audrey is a fitness freak and loves to travel. When she isn’t writing, she takes her kayak and sails to discover more ecru and earthy tones. Find her on Twitter: @audrey_throne.
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