Most of us participate in environmentally friendly activities at work or school. Many buildings now have motion sensing light switches or recycling programs. It’s easy to take this one step further at home with five ideas to help you become more environmentally savvy where you live.
1. Save Energy
Get back to basics. Turn lights and televisions off when not in use. During the cold weather, turn the thermostat down and wear a sweater indoors or sleep with an extra blanket. During hot weather, turn the thermostat up instead. Choose ENERGY STAR® certified products that are more energy efficient.
2. Conserve Water
To save water indoors, start by slowing down the water flow. Install water saving shower heads and faucet aerators onto each tap in the house. They are inexpensive and save water without significantly reducing the water pressure. Save water outdoors with drought resistant plants and shrubs in your garden that need less water.
3. Use Less Gas
Walking or biking to work or school saves on gas (and money). It’s a good way to improve your cardiovascular health and manage your weight. It’s also a great way to decrease your greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Reduce Waste
Buy reusable instead of disposable. Reuse everything that you can - whether that’s a travel mug, food storage containers, cutlery, napkins, or towels. The more you reuse the less waste you generate for the landfills.
5. Avoid Plastic Bags
Use re-usable cloth bags while shopping instead of plastic bags that often end up in landfill. Stow one in your purse, backpack or laptop bag so it's always handy when you need it.
6. Buy Local
Locally grown produce is more likely to be picked at the peak of freshness, nutrition and taste. Locally grown produce also leaves less of a carbon footprint because less fuel is used to transport it from the farm to the store. Look for local produce at farmers' markets, through community supported agriculture groups (CSA), or from a traditional supermarket.