Everyone can do their part to make the environment a better and lasting place for all. Even the smallest steps taken can make a huge impact. If you’re looking for a way to help stop climate change, here are a few lifestyle changes to take into consideration.
Post written by Neil Stawski
One of the biggest ways you can help the environment is to watch what you buy when shopping:
Instead of throwing everything in your dumpster, consider composting some of your food waste to use in a garden or as fertilizer for your yard. According to Gardening Know How, “Most compost is made up of organic materials like leaves, garden plants, newspaper, straw, grass clippings, manure, and kitchen scraps.” Veggies and fruits are especially good to compost, while meats and bones are not.
Conserving water and electricity
By creating a few new habits, you can not only help the environment, but save money on your utility bill as well. For example, make it a point to turn off the water when brushing your teeth, and don’t wait too long for the water to get hot before you get in the shower. Fill up the sink when doing dishes instead of letting it run and only turn on the washing machine or dishwasher when it’s completely full.
Conserve energy by unplugging things that aren’t in use and by turning on ceiling fans instead of air conditioners or heaters. If you are ready to replace an appliance, get one that is more energy efficient. To make it easier on your water heater, insulate your pipes and keep the maximum temperature lower than its full capacity. Items with fewer accessories tend to be more efficient in terms of how much electricity they take up to run.
When it comes to your roof Energy Informative points out that “You can go a long way in lowering your carbon footprint by replacing utility power with clean electricity from solar panels.” While the average cost to install solar panels is $19,510, they have a longer lifespan, increase the value of your home and come with tax breaks.
There are many other small ways we can change the way we live at home and within our community to help create a more sustainable way of life on Earth. To get started, gather the whole family and come up with a list of goals that if accomplished will positively affect the environment. It’ll make it easier on your pocketbook and be a good learning opportunity for all.