The era that we live in has surrounded us by the use of technology and innovations that mankind never even thought of. While all of these things were introduced for our own benefit, most of them are being the cause of exploiting nature completely. One cannot completely give up on every gadget used at home or in offices but we can for sure cut down our carbon footprint.
Well, if you are worried that as responsible as it may sound, it will be difficult for you and that you might need to start living in the Stone Age (metaphorically speaking), RELAX! Here are ten easily adoptable changes that will make your life healthier and your home an eco-friendly place to live:
1. Flick the switch.
The amount of energy used or one should say wasted by the lights and fans and other electrical appliances that we either forget to turn off or just leave on, thinking that we will come back in a while is huge. Hence, instead of coming back early, make it your practice to switch off the button every time!
2. Start loving plants.
If you can’t completely eliminate something, add something that can have a positive impact. In simple words, grow more plants at your house, or if you have none, start growing them.
3. Pressure cooker is your savior.
Instead of using your stove in the kitchen for literally everything and anything, start using appliances which consume less energy, one of them being the pressure cooker. It will not only benefit the environment you breathe in but will also help you save on time.
4. Energy efficient light bulbs.
Today’s energy efficient bulbs are available in the wide range of colors and light levels you’ve come to expect. While the initial price of energy efficient bulbs are typically higher than traditional incandescents, newer bulbs cost less to operate, saving you money over the life of the bulb. Many of the newer bulbs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them as often.
5. Stop using plastic bottles
The impact that plastic bottles are not only having on our environment but also our bodies are endless. Scientists are now suggesting that those who eat seafood are ingesting 11,000 microplastics per year on average, that’s a scary thought. Don’t buy bottles that are for a one off use.
Instead of wasting food, create your own compost and save a whole lot of energy. This point is applicable on literally each and everyone because no matter how good we are, the sad reality is that we all waste food.
Most of us recycle these days, the problem is that most of us have no idea what plastics can actually be safely recycled without hurting the environment. The reality is, a lot of the rubbish that goes into our recycle bins ends up in land fill. With a little knowledge, all of us can recycle our goods a lot better than we are doing right now.
8. Go solar.
This might sound a bit expensive but investing in solar panels can create a great impact on our environment. Green energy has to be our future and is one of the more powerful decisions in reducing our carbon footprint.
9. Less technology at home.
While you are at work, you don’t really have a choice but to stick your head into your laptop screen. When you’re at home, try using a pen and paper when it’s more convenient, besides, we all need to detox from our tech filled lives from time to time.
Yes, it is as simple as it sounds. Unless you start pondering your upon how severe your impact is on the earth and how important it is to go green, you certainly won’t be able to implement any change. So think about it and work towards the betterment!