A popular way of living in today’s society is living “green.” The decision to “go green” is making a commitment to environmentally friendly decisions. Specifically, it is employing lifestyle practices that help protect the environment and contribute to sustaining Earth’s natural resources. Previously we discussed ways to participate in eco-friendly activities outside of the home. However, there are many things that can be done inside the home that are just as important for current and future generations. Here are a five lifestyle changes that can be made in an effort to live greenly.
Water: Many people take it for granted that we are able to turn on the water faucet and clean water comes out. Water is often treated as an infinite resource when in fact is not. Turning off the water when brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers, and checking faucets for leaks are practices that can be regularly done to conserve water.
Electricity: Turning on lights, doing laundry, and turning on the heat are things we depend on from electric companies to provide. The harder electric companies have to work to meet demands increases the amount of pollution in the environment. Energy efficient bulbs, turning of lights, and sealing cracks are ways to cut back on electricity usage.
Cleaning Supplies: Products purchased from the store often have chemicals that affect the air quality and increase waste from the packaging. There are many household products that can be used to clean the home such as baking soda, lemon, and vinegar. Such items are non-toxic and just as effective.
Recycle Electronics: Disposing of electronics in the trash puts mercury and other toxins into the environment. A better solution is to recycle them. Many electronic stores offer recycling of old electronics so that hazardous waste is kept out of the environment.
Use a Water Filter: There are many water filters that can be purchased to purify tap water. They can vary between filters connected to pitchers to filters that go right over the faucet. Filters are an alternative to purchasing bottled water that creates a large amount of waste from the plastic.
These tips not only create a green home. They also save money through lowered utility bills and saving money at the grocery store. Incorporating such practices along with others such as carpooling and recycling are beneficial for all. With time, they easily become natural practices.