You are probably already well ahead of the game when it comes to eco-friendly ways of living but have you had a review of your household recently to check that you’re not missing a trick?
Recycling is one of the most important things to do as a household to prevent tons of waste going into landfill each year. Did you know that the average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per year? In 2014 about 258 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste was produced in the United States. Of this, 136 million went into landfill, so there is clearly still a lot of work still needing to be done in terms of recycling. Even if you are very careful with what you put in your waste, are there things that you are missing out on? There should be very little that gets thrown out that doesn’t go into the recycling unit, if anything at all.
Life is busy and sometimes you just have to jump into the car to make a journey. However, there are times when you have time to make other plans, could you walk, car share or cycle the journey? Maybe take public transport? Even Uber offers car sharing to reduce the amount of vehicle emissions (and save you some money at the same time). Check out rideshareapps.com for more information. By finding alternative ways to travel you can not only help the planet but also add some extra exercise into your life – everyone is a winner!
The world is totally set up to do pretty much anything you need by a digital process. If you haven’t already, switch your billing over to paperless and help save the world’s trees from being needlessly chopped down.
Use less Energy
Get into the habit of turning lights off, unused electrical appliances off and don’t let heat escape in the colder months. Unplug that aren’t in use. You can buy more energy efficient bulbs and boilers, saving you money and helping the environment.
Don’t waste water
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t waste water but do you really think about how much you use? When you brush your teeth do you leave the tap running for a long time? Instead of using a hosepipe to wash the car, could you use a bucket and sponge instead? By adopting lots of small changes that you can influence a significant environmental impact.
Educate your kids
You understand the full problems that the world faces in terms of the environment but that doesn’t mean that your kids do. If they haven’t already been taught about protecting the environment and the importance of recycling then spend some time to talk about it and help them to understand what happens to waste when it leaves the house.
Your household is probably doing great in terms of staying green but there are always new ways you can help make the world a better place and help the environment.