Simple Ways to Go Greener in Everyday Life
We’re always trying to cut back on things, money, time, resources, and now the much talked about “Green Deal” in UK is prompting us to become thrifty for greener lives. With every individual household playing an integral role, our green lives are also much dependent upon on our personal habits. So, here’s suggesting simple ways of making your everyday life greener.
Many times when we talk about going green, it seems like we’ll have to make a lot of effort to let that happen. However, there are numerous small ways to go green and incorporate healthier practices in our daily lives.
Let’s take a look at some of these easy-to-implement and meaningful ways to go green:
#1 Leave Your Cars At Home
All the time, we’re told to leave the car home, and this can in fact make a lot of difference. According to many research reports, leaving your car at home, at least twice a week is advisable because it can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds every year.
In addition, try and walk to the grocery store, instead of driving, or maybe try working from home, to cut travel expense altogether.
#2 Install Solar Water Heating Systems At Home
For we all like using warm water to wash, bathe and sometimes even clean, why not replace the fossil-fueled water heaters with solar water hearing systems.
This way, unknowingly or knowingly, we save the environment from the harmful procedures of extraction, transportation and consumption of fossil fuels.
#3 Sell all the small stuff at home
Lives today are gadget driven which often become outdated in little time. Instead of simply dumping them in the garage, the more useful thing is to sell them. All major and even small retailers accept old electronics and give free gifts in return.
You can sell them online too. These gadgets are then recycled and given new forms. Gadgets you can sell can comprise of cell phones, sporting equipment, and even children’s toys.
#4 Say No to Wasting Gas
One of the easiest ways of maximizing fuel efficiency is to keep your tires properly inflated. Also, make sure to avoid aggressive driving, which means you’ll use more accelerators and frequently break and thus waste gas.
When driving on flat terrain, ensure to use cruise control and travel light. Avoid the extra weight and keep your cars maintained all the time. And don’t forget to turn off the engine if you’re idle for more than a minute.
#5 Minimize the Use of Paper Towels
Paper towels, we all like having them home, but seldom know how much wastage they cause. The cheapest paper towels are available in the market for a bare minimum of $1, and if say you’re using two rolls a week, it comes to almost 200 rolls in a year.
A more economical and rather eco-friendly option is by dish towels and rags that can easily be laundered at home.
#6 Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaners
Most cleaners we get in the market are made from toxic chemicals. Why not replace them with homemade remedies, which are equally effective but cost less and cause no harm to the surrounding environment.
Simple household ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar and non-toxic soaps can readily help clean most surfaces and also remove harsh stains.
#7 Conserve Water in Every Way Possible
In order to save energy, we must save water. It’s that simple.
Using less water at home is rather easy. Limit your shower trips, repair leakages as soon as it appears & turn the tap ON only when needed. There are countless other things you can do to save water. You might not know, but waste water recycling is quite an energy-intensive task. By minimizing our water consumption, we send less water for recycling and thus contribute heavily in saving energy.
#8 Eat less meat
Eating less meat makes much more sense because the animal production requires larger volumes of water, livestock, and maintenance too.
According to estimates, a single pound of beef requires around 2000-2500 gallons of water, much above the requirement for growing a field of vegetables.
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