Whether we make small or big changes to the way we live, it is up to all of us to do our bit for the environment. Although there is still a long way to go, many households are now adopting positive changes that will help slow down the issues and challenges that our world is facing.
If you have not yet done so, or feel you could be doing more, there are several adjustments you can implement that will help your household become greener.
Here are 5 home and lifestyle changes that will help save the planet.
Reduce your transportation footprint
If you usually use a car to get around, consider whether there are alternative methods of transport you could use instead. Walking is a brilliant option as it is not only free but is good for you too. So, if you can reach your destination on foot – do that instead.
If you usually drive to work, why not think about alternative methods such as cycling? It’s a very relaxing and quick way to get around and will reduce the chances of you getting stuck in early morning traffic on your daily commute! If neither of those are viable options, consider car-sharing or taking the bus. Fewer cars on the road equate to less pollution and emissions.
Replace old windows
If your windows have seen better days and are letting in lots of cold air, you may be heating your home more to compensate. Replacing old or rotten windows and doors will help stop warm air escaping and cold air from coming in, so although there may be an initial cost implication, it will be well worth it in the long run.
One of the most sustainable options is fiberglass windows which could provide savings of between 20 and 40 percent in heating, cooling, and energy costs and help achieve a much more consistent room temperature. Not only will you see a reduction in your energy bills, but new windows could also add value to your home.
Food waste is a huge problem, so if you find yourself throwing lots away each week, it’s time to get a bit more organized. Meal planning is a great way to reduce waste and should save you lots of money too. One day a week, write down what you intend to cook each day and then make a grocery list.
If you know you will have leftovers from a meal, try to incorporate those into a dish for the next day. Be as creative and prepared as you can, and you will be helping to drastically reduce the amount of food that ends up in landfill.
Avoid unnecessary food packaging
Many manufacturers continue to use unnecessary and excessive packaging, but one of the ways to stop this from happening is to stop buying it. It ultimately boils down to a supply and demand issue, so if we boycott purchasing things like prepacked fruit and veg, for example, and buy loose instead, the manufacturers will eventually catch on and change their methods.
More and more grocery stores and other food retailers are incorporating refill stations into their stores so customers can buy loose products instead of those boxed or wrapped in plastic. It’s a great way to only buy what you need and helps reduce food waste at the same time.
Switch things off when not in use
One of the easiest changes you can make around the home is reducing your day-to-day electricity consumption. If mobile phones, tablets, and other electronic devices are used a lot in your house, make sure they are only charged when necessary. Similarly, things like televisions, kettles, washing machines, and such like are best turned off completely than left on standby.
The amount of electricity they use each day may be minimal, but it all adds up. Get the family on board and ask that they make sure to switch off sockets and lights when they are not needed. As well as helping the planet you should also see a reduction in your electricity bills each month.
If you find the whole thing overwhelming, implement little bits at a time, and it will become easier. Small changes can make a huge impact, so if we all think a little more about how our day-to-day lives will affect our surroundings, we should be able to help slow things down and protect our world from further harm.