Everybody is concerned about the environment, and most of us are making an effort to reduce our ecological footprint. Some ways you can help are by using less water in your home, recycling everything possible, avoiding plastics whenever possible, not idling excessively when in your car or truck, planting trees instead of having lots of flowers on your property, eliminating pesticides from your lawn care routine, buying organic foods if you can afford them or shopping at farmers’ markets for local produce.
You can also use solar power on a small scale for electricity in some cases. If you have the space but don’t want to go completely off the grid with solar panels on your roof, consider putting them up on your shed or barn where they won’t be seen as prominently.
Unfortunately, the government isn’t doing anything to improve energy efficiency or reduce energy consumption so it is up to each citizen.
Here Are A Few More Tips You Can Use At Home To Have A Smaller Environmental Footprint:
Reusable Shopping Bags
Rather than using plastic bags at grocery stores, you can use reusable shopping bags that will last a long time and reduce your environmental impact. Even if you pay for plastic bags at the store, they only get used once before going into a landfill.
After washing them out from time to time, you can use them again next time. The best bags are those made from natural materials like cotton, hemp, plastic supplies, or sturdy canvas. You can also buy green totes that fold up into a small sack and easily fit in your purse.
Use Eco-friendly Laundry Detergents
These detergents are made from natural ingredients like plant extracts and essential oils instead of petroleum-based chemicals. You can also reduce water usage in your home by using environmentally friendly laundry detergents that are biodegradable and safe for use with cold water. If you’re concerned about scented products, this type comes in unscented versions as well.
This simple change will ensure you protect waterways and avoid depleting reserves of freshwater while at the same time reducing carbon emissions from unnecessary heating of water to do your laundry. The best thing is that they get your clothes just as clean so you don’t have to worry about giving up performance.
Use Natural Dryer Balls
An easy way to reduce your environmental impact on the world is to hang up wet items and let them air dry instead of using a machine to dry them. If you have enough space in your yard, consider putting up a clothesline for drying your laundry outside. However, If you must use a machine, consider replacing those dreadful fabric softener sheets with some wool dryer balls instead.
You can make these yourself or buy them from some retailers, and they will reduce drying time and soften garments at the same time without chemicals that threaten waterways and animals. They’re also reusable for many years so they’re cost-effective as well as environmentally friendly!
Use Eco-friendly Household Cleaners
A lot of green cleaning supplies are available on the market, but there’s no need to buy them when you can make your own at home. For example, mix water, vinegar, dish soap, baking soda, lemon juice or orange oil (if desired), and essential oils until it forms a paste.
Store this in an airtight container and use it as needed to scrub away dirt without leaving any harmful chemicals behind! You can also make your laundry detergent with natural ingredients or just use baking soda in place of the usual commercial stuff. Also, there’s no need for toxic chemicals where you sweep the floors or mop them with water and vinegar instead of bleach if they aren’t too dirty.
Take Shorter Showers
Most people don’t realize how much water they use in their bathrooms for showers, baths and to clean things like dishes and clothes. There’s no need for this excess when we could all reduce our consumption by taking shorter showers or cutting back on time spent in the shower or bathtub.
When you take a shower, make sure to turn off the faucet while shampooing your hair and also turn it off when shaving so you’re not wasting lots of hot water during these procedures. If you follow these tips, over time you’ll cut back on your overall consumption and help save water for other uses such as drinking and bathing if there isn’t enough for some reason where you live.
Install Solar Panels
If you have the space on your property, consider investing in solar panels which can be used to generate electricity for running appliances, heating water, or even running the entire home. You may also install panels on the roof of your house, making it more convenient to use the electricity generated.
Solar panels are expensive to buy but they’re also tax-deductible and can pay for themselves in years if you learn & plan carefully. There is some maintenance involved since they need to be kept clean, but they last a long time (up to 40+ years!) if properly taken care of.
Repairing Instead Of Replacing
When something breaks down in your home, don’t replace it right away unless it’s an emergency. Consider repairing it first to increase its lifespan and prevent having to buy a new one which creates more waste products that go into landfills.
For example, a worn-out appliance won’t work as well as a new one but there might be parts inside that still have many years of life left to them if repaired. The same goes for clothing and shoes which you can often fix with a bit of scavenging and elbow grease if you just look carefully.
Reduce Food Waste
Did you know that almost 2/3 of all food produced worldwide goes to waste? A lot of this is because Americans have been conditioned from a young age to over-purchase and prepare more than can be eaten, which often results in it going bad and being thrown away.
To reduce your environmental impact, reduce food waste by planning and avoiding impulse buys or purchases based purely on marketing tactics instead of common sense. If you want something healthy, consider buying smaller amounts so you don’t have much leftover at the end of the week.
Conclusively, living in a more eco-friendly way doesn’t mean you have to give up creature comforts or live like a hermit in the woods. The changes suggested above are easy and cost-effective so there’s no excuse not to start making them right away if you’re looking for ways to be kinder to the environment!