Going green in this day and age is an essential part of preserving our wonderful earth. It can be difficult to know what changes you can make to your lifestyle to become more self-sufficient and not rely on massive energy resources to live your day to day lives. In this article, I’m going to give you a few easy ways of reducing the carbon footprint you’re creating on the world.
Energy saving lightbulbs
Installing energy saving light bulbs in every room in your house will dramatically reduce the energy you’re using. In turn, this will also lower your electric bill too. They’re inexpensive and widely available to buy from hardware stores. One bonus of energy saving bulbs, is that they aren’t as bright too, meaning you’re less likely to have a headache when the light is switched on. Installing dimmer switches is also a fantastic accompaniment to energy saving bulbs because you have the option to turn down the power even more. Having that option available is brilliant for ambient lighting, or if you want a light on low at night.
Having solar panels installed is becoming an increasingly popular option for those of us that want to reduce our energy use. Solar panels absorb natural light and convert it into electricity that you can use within your home. They’re installed on your roof, ensuring that they hit direct light all day. Going with a company like SolarCity to install these for you will take all of the stress away. Be sure though, to look up SolarCity pros and cons to ensure you’re getting the best deal for you. It is said though, that solar panels will pay for themselves in time, so it’s a brilliant investment to make.
Heating our homes is expensive, and energy guzzling. Luckily, halogen heaters are available for you to buy for your home. They’re powered by electric, and one small heater will comfortably heat a medium sized room. They cost pennies to run per hour too, so less energy and money is being spent. A great feature of these heaters, is that if they are accidentally knocked or taken off of the base, they will automatically switch off, so you can rest assured knowing there won’t be any house fires.
Gadgets and tech
We’ve all got some sort of electrical device that we use every day. When that piece of equipment isn’t in use, consider unplugging it from the wall, or switching it off. So much energy is wasted daily from those of us that leave the television on or don’t switch off our phone chargers when they’re not in use. Make this a habit because it will make the world of difference.
We’ve all heard about recycling. Sadly, not nearly enough people on the planet recycle what they use. It’s so easy to do, whether that be putting an empty wrapper in the correct recycling bin, or reusing a bottle that you have purchased from the shop. You can upcycle furniture to refresh it, and save it from going to the dumpster. Clothing can be recycled too with handing it down to someone who would wear it more, or tearing it up to be used as cloths for cleaning your home.
Be wary of what product you use because many products on the market are still harmful to our environment. Deodorant sprays are a prime example of a harmful product. It may not harm us, but it pollutes the air and ruins the ‘O Zone’ that’s protecting our world. Try switching to roll on deodorant.
Teach the whole family
Having the whole family involved in keeping our green earth will not only benefit us all, but it can be a fun thing to do for children. Chores like recycling could be made into games, or competitions. This will ensure that it will turn into a lifestyle option, and not something the family gives up on quickly.
It’s easy to think that what you do won’t make a difference, and unfortunately, many people do think that way and continue to live a life that wastes energy and damages wildlife and the earth we live on. Whatever you’re able to do to become more green, it will make a difference in the long run. Even if this is by passing on the habits to your children.
Stop draining our natural resources and go green.