As the world continues to advance toward using alternative resources of energy, people at home are stepping up and doing their part to make the earth a greener place to live in. If you’re searching for ways to contribute to the environment in a positive manner, consider adopting the following five habits right from the comfort of your home.
Manage Your Utilities
If you want to save on heating and cooling – the most expensive bill you’ll receive in the mail – then set your thermostat a few degrees lower during the winter months and a few degrees higher during the summer months. Also, unplug appliances and other electronic devices if you’re not using them. Things like cell phone chargers still use up energy, even if you’re not in the middle of charging your phone.
Another great way to conserve energy is to wash your clothes in cold water. Up to 85 percent of the energy used by the washer machine goes toward heating the water. Being that dryers take up even more energy (a lot more), a drying rack or a clothesline can also come in handy if you’d like to cut down on your utility bills.
Turn Off Your Water
Whether it’s taking shorter showers, installing a low-flow showerhead, or making sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet in your home, there are many ways to save on heating and cooling costs by simply limiting your usage of water. Just because the earth is made of 71 percent of water doesn’t mean there’s a lot of it to waste. Remember that the next time you’re running the water while you’re brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. A little can amount to a lot over time.
Meat is one of the more expensive items at the grocery store. In addition to the financial impact it has on your pockets, it has environmental and health costs too. It’s a good idea to buy locally raised and organic meat, eggs, and dairy, when the option is available. Not only is it healthier and more environmentally friendly, but it keeps your money in the local economy.
Donate or Recycle Electronics
As technology continues to blanket the world in the shape of small devices, toxins like mercury continue to become a bigger environmental problem. If you own a cell phone or computer, keep it as long as possible. If you do want to get rid of either, donate or recycle it. Being that cell phones and computers are so prevalent in society, you can now ask your local government to support and sponsor an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.
Make Smart Household Choices
Whether it’s using roller blinds to keep the sun’s heat out of your house during the summer or using a slow cooker to make your meals because it uses very little energy, there are endless ways to positively impact the environment while saving money. Household cleaners and air fresheners are both harmful to the environment and your health, so limit their use in your household. Whatever the case, make smart choices in your house and you could make a big difference.
Have you developed any household habits that help the environment? Leave a comment below.