Going green is a great way to care for the environment, and this initiative should start at home. Leading a more environment-conscious lifestyle doesn’t require installing expensive solar panels or buying the latest hybrid car. Take a look at these easy and inexpensive ways to lessen your carbon footprint:
- Unplug appliances and devices
Appliances and devices, if left plugged even while not in use,can still use up electricity. Inactive but plugged-in devices not only waste electricity but also add almost 10% to your monthly electric bill. Thus, make it a point to unplug your television, microwave, computer, and the like when you’re not using these.
- Plant native species
Opt for native plants in your yard or garden instead of buying exotic ones. Native plants help enrich the soil for your garden to flourish and at the same time, create a habitat for friendly critters in the area.
Having native plants also means less garden maintenance. These plants don’t need chemicals like pesticide or fertilizers to grow. They are tolerant to local weather conditions so you don’t have to tend to them often.
- Get reusable containers
Start using your own reusable water bottles instead of buying these and throwing them away. You can even go a step further and start bringing your own food containers when you get takeout or when bringing home leftovers.
- Watch your water use
A great way to go green is by saving water. You can do this by monitoring your water use and minimizing it as much as possible. Take quicker showers or only do full loads of laundry at a time. Simple things like turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth can also help. This way, you not only conserve water, you also cut down on your water bill.
- Buy from the farmers’market
Go green by buying from the farmers’market instead of purchasing organic produce at the grocery store. Farmers’markets usually offer cheaper produce that is locally and organically farmed. In buying locally sourced products, you’re not only helping the environment but supporting local businesses as well.
- Make your own cleaning products
There are so many eco-friendly cleaning products out there. The only downside is that these products are often much more expensive. In this case, you can be economical and still think green by making your own cleaning solutions.
There are many great websites that have a ton of recipes for creating your own cleaning products like GoodHouseKeeping.com and HGTV.com. Not only will you be saving some cash, you also still stay environment-conscious.
- Ditch paper towels
Excessive use of paper towels is definitely not good for the environment. Try to limit your use by having some dishtowels or clean rags around the kitchen when you need to dry your hands. Or use cloth napkins instead of paper towels during dinner.
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