Small changes you can make to make your home more eco-friendly
With the wildfires raging in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, to hurricanes and flooding in the Gulf Coast, climate change is real and unfortunately, it’s here to stay. While it can sometimes feel overwhelming, there’s small changes we can make to how we live our lives that will contribute to the greater good of the planet. Here’s our favorite lifestyle tips that we hope you add to your daily routine:
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Up to 90% of the energy used by a washing machine goes toward heating water, according to Energy Star. Use the cold cycle on your washing machine and your clothes will still get clean, while also conserving energy.
- Swap regular light bulbs for LED bulbs. Energy-efficient LED light bulbs will utilize less electricity and will also make your home more environmentally friendly.
- Compost. A compost bin will not only help you get rid of leftovers, it’ll also give you a free fertilizer that you can use on your plants. Stick a garbage can under the sink to make it handy to use.
- Decorate your house with plants. Potted plants are more effective for indoor air cleaning. Oh, and they look nice, too.
- Use homemade natural cleaning products. Natural cleaning ingredients are just as effective as the regular ones. But they don’t contain any harmful chemicals that are bad for the environment and your health.
- Cut down on meat. Meat has a surprisingly negative impact on the environment. The livestock sector produces 65% of human-related nitrous oxide, which adds up to 9% of all CO2 produced by people. Eat meatless meals more often to make a positive impact on the planet.
- Reach for a kitchen towel instead of paper towels, or use reusable paper towels. I’m guilty of this. In my mind, it’s so much easier to just grab a paper towel than wipe my hands on a kitchen towel. However, kitchen towels are easy to wash, reusable and cut down on the number of trees killed that would otherwise filter CO2 from the atmosphere.
- Develop a green thumb. Do a little gardening. Those who grow their own food can become more sustainable and will be less likely to waste the food for which they’ve worked so hard. It’s also oddly satisfying to see new life sprout from seeds that you planted, over time.
- Opt for a reusable water bottle. We all know that plastic has a stranglehold on our oceans. Reusable water bottles are one of the simplest steps you can take to become more eco-friendly.
- And our favorite: Recycle, recycle, recycle! The more you recycle, the less will end up in dumps and landfills. Set up a recycling bin in your home and talk to your children about the benefits of recycling. It will help foster a positive conversation and make them feel like they are doing something positive to help save our planet.
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