If you’re reading something like this, chances are you already know how much impact each and every of us can have on the entire eco system. The means of transport you use, the type of fuel that runs your car, the food you eat, the energy resources you use, the amount of water you spend, every single aspect of your life influences the whole picture.
You maybe think oh, but it’s just me, if I change something, it won’t have much impact, I’m just another drop in the vast ocean. But imagine if everyone thought that way, nothing would ever change indeed. Instead, imagine everyone thinking they can make a difference. And together we can, but we have to start from our homes first. So yes, you can make a lot of difference for the good in this world through the cumulative effect, and also through inspiring others to follow your steps. Here’s how to start.
This is the first step, and quite a big one as it can really have a lot of impact. You can start by using LED lighting, or some other form of low-consumption lighting fixtures. Even though some you may not like the light, the savings are proved to be enormous, preventing emission of more than 400 pounds of greenhouse gases, so it really is worth the little inconvenience. You’ll get used it.
Besides, nowadays there is a whole range of energy saving light bulbs of different quality – size, shape, color, brightness (and prices, mind you), so you should be able to find the one that suits you best. It will also save you a lot of money, as energy consumption is significantly less.
On the long run, plan introducing solar or wind powered energy supply. Renewable energy sources help so much in reducing the carbon emission as they decrease our coal-burning power plants dependence. You can start introducing solar power gradually and partially until you completely move to it, given, of course, the climate in your region allows it. Learn more about solar lights in this useful article https://www.streetlights-solar.com/solar-street-lighting.html.
To minimize your heating and electricity bills, invest in the insulation of your house. For instance, put double-glazed panes on your windows, and insulate your walls. This will help keep your house cold in the summer, enabling you not use the air condition that much and keep it warm in the winter.
Reduce the Waste and Recycle
I am sure you already do, but please be consistent and uncompromising when it comes to this. Don’t be lazy to wash the jars and other packages before throwing them for recycling. Try to not buy bottled water, use water filters or reusable bottles instead. Turn to using thermos and mugs for your coffee instead of using paper cups which are usually coated and cannot be recycled nor composted.
Reduce your usage of paper towels as much as possible. Try to save them only for super gross cleaning. And even better, use the ones made of recycled paper. Make sure you dispose of old batteries properly. Some of those contain heavy metals and corrosive acids, making them difficult, yet not impossible to recycle. Please make the effort to find out how, when and where you can properly dispose of them, as they can be serious polluters of air, water and soil, and thus affect your health as well. You can certainly find the info online.
Also, use rechargeable batteries whenever possible – they’re also recyclable, but at least they last longer. Switch to using market totes instead of plastic bags. I know it’s sometimes easy to forget to bring them, but find those who can be folded and packed to fit even in your pocket, and simply always have one with you.
These just some of the options you have to help the world be a better place. Take baby steps first, it doesn’t matter, but just start doing something. Every little bit matters.
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