Want to make your household more eco-friendly, but aren’t sure where to start? Coughing up thousands of dollars to install solar panels isn’t the only way to make your home more sustainable. Here are five easy things you can do to help shrink your carbon footprint that might even save you some money.
- Start Composting: Instead of sending your food and yard waste off to a landfill where it’ll take up space and release potent methane gas, use it to help plants in your yard flourish. Adding compost to soil helps prevent plant diseases, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and aides in the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that turn organic matter into a nutrient-rich material. Take a look at the EPA’s guide to composting for step-by-step instructions on how to get started.
- Switch to Non-Toxic Household Cleaners: Many household cleaning products contain chemicals that could be harmful to both you and the environment. The manufacturing, packaging, use, and disposal of household cleaners can contribute to air pollution, water pollution, and ecosystem damages. Making your own household cleaners is a safe and cost-effective alternative. In fact, you probably have many of the ingredients you’ll need in your pantry already!
- Install a Low-Flow Shower Head: Did you know that up to 30 percent of the water you use at home comes out through your shower head? Making the switch to a low-flow shower head conserves water, energy, and money by reducing your household water consumption by at least 40 percent.
- Switch Off & Unplug: Get into the habit of turning the lights off when you leave a room, and unplugging electronics that you’re not using. These simple actions will reduce both your carbon footprint and your electricity bill — it’s a win-win!
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reducing and reusing is just as important, if not more important, than recycling. Limit your use of single-use plastics such as plastic grocery bags, water bottles, and utensils by investing in reusable items instead. Also, try your hand at fixing or refurbishing broken tools and furniture instead of throwing it away.
- Go Fluorescent: Fluorescent lightbulbs are four to six times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs because they don’t waste energy on producing heat in addition to light. Plus, they last much longer, which means fewer trips to your local hardware store!
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