In this day and age with all the talk and concern about protecting our earth and making changes in our lifestyles to help reduce our carbon footprint impact there is no better place to start than at home. Basically, the idea is to simplify our lives, we can do this by following a few principles in our daily actions:
- Minimize – reduce our use of products and resources, use less, conserve more!
- Maximize – get the maximum use out of our products and resources
- Prioritize – make sure we are not wasting energy, money, time, or resources.
These are three things to keep in mind to simplify our daily living choices and live a sustainable lifestyle.
Below are some changes you can make to your daily lifestyle to help reduce your carbon footprint:
Reduce your heating bill and energy use: Did you know that heating your home can use up to half of our total household energy.
Composting/Recycling: you can recycle just about anything, visit your cities website to see what will be accepted, be sure you are composting food instead of throwing it in the garbage
Reduce your water Consumption: by taking shorter showers, installing low flow shower heads, fixing leaks, installing rain barrels, setting your sprinklers on a timer Your lawn only needs one inch of water a week to stay healthy and running full loads when running the dishwasher or washing machine
Save Energy: buy installing LED lights, turning off lights when not in use unplugging appliances when not using them, use cold water to was clothes, instead of using the dryer, hang your clothes, and did you know that keeping your freezer fully stocked will reduce the amount of energy it takes to keep it cool.
Use Eco-friendly products: Purchase products that are made from all natural, organic products, with no toxins or chemicals or make your own natural cleaning products – it saves money and packaging and there are no toxins or chemicals by using ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and essential oils. Use reusable bags and containers, pack lunches in a reusable lunch bag and containers instead of plastic or paper and take your own reusable drinking cups to coffee shops.
Some other simple ways to go green at home are:
- go paperless – have your bills sent to you electronically, as well as file your taxes electronically
- If buying tickets to events, request an e-ticket, you can also request e-tickets for boarding passes when flying
- use cloth napkins instead of paper
- read the local newspaper online instead of having it delivered to you.
- Purchase rechargeable batteries
- Shop at local farmer’s markets and buy organic food
- donate your clothes and household goods instead of throwing them out
- up-cycle – turn unused products into something useful
- Use cloth diapers instead of disposable if you have a baby
Converting to an environmentally friendly house is easier than most people think, buy taking some simple steps to making small changes like the ones stated above will reduce our environmental impact greatly.