Looking at the news and talking to people without hearing about the environment is challenging. You have environmental groups launching campaigns to save the environment and hear debates about what actions the government should take to help.
The talk about the environment isn’t without good reason, either. The temperature rise is causing the arctic to disappear at a rapid rate, which will cause issues globally. Reports show it’s losing 1.2 trillion tons of ice yearly.
The question is, are there any opportunities for regular people to make an impact?
The good news is that you have options if you want to do your part to protect the planet. Use the tips below to become more eco-friendly in life.
1. Reduce Your Energy Usage
As time has gone on, people have continued to use more and more power. They get bigger homes that need to be heated and cooled, use more electronics, and don’t conserve energy where they can. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to reduce your daily energy use.
Here are some easy ways you can reduce your energy use:
- Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs
- Use a smart thermostat to reduce your HVAC usage
- Buy Energy Star appliances when you upgrade
- Improve your insulation
- Seal your windows and doors
- Invest in a tankless water heater
- Use smart power strips to turn always-on devices off at night
Even if you can’t put every one of these tips in place today, there are probably a few of them you can. Each thing you do will reduce your energy usage and power bill.
2. Upgrade to Green Energy
Even if you significantly reduce your energy use at home, you’re still usually using dirty energy to power your home. The power grid hasn’t entirely switched over to clean energy. As a result, you’re probably using coal or another power source that pollutes the environment.
But you do have more options today. Many green energy options available for your home will reduce your reliance on the grid.
One of the most popular options today is solar energy. The price of solar has dropped by 60% in the past two decades. That makes it a much more affordable choice for homeowners.
You can speak with solar installers in your area to see if the option is right for you. They’ll help you understand your payoff period and if solar will work on your roof.
3. Make Better Food Choices
Food production takes a significant toll on the environment. You have gigantic farms with large farm vehicles growing food and pastures full of farm animals for meat.
On top of that, you have the transportation of food, where the food you see in your local grocery store comes in from all over the world.
You can make smarter food choices to reduce the impact on the environment. To start, try to eat less meat. There are countless alternatives available today that are still tasty and full of nutrients.
You don’t need to remove meat altogether from your diet, but you can cut back on it a lot.
You can also reduce the demand for global food imports by purchasing from local farmers. This will help your local farming business survive and reduce the need for transporting large amounts of food.
4. Conserve Water
One of the biggest problems communities are facing today is droughts. For instance, the western part of the United States has several lakes running dry and communities at risk of running out of water.
The chances are good that you’re using more water than necessary. Your toilet, water fixtures, and yard waste too much water.
Invest in low-flow toilets and fixtures to reduce your water usage at home. You can also talk to a plumber to check if any leaks in your home are wasting water.
If you have grass in your yard and water it to keep it green, you’re also wasting a lot. It makes more sense to invest in native plant life like clover and other ground covers. They use less water and still look great in your yard.
Another option is to replace parts of your yard with native flowers. This won’t only reduce the water you need to maintain your yard, but it will also attract native wildlife like bees and butterflies.
With how much trouble these species have today, this is a great way to help the problem.
5. Buy From Green Companies
Environmental concerns weren’t always an issue for businesses. Customers purchased from them without considering how sustainable they were and if they sourced green products. But things are beginning to change today.
More people than ever are choosing to buy from companies that do their part for the environment. They look to see what materials they use and if their supply chain is sustainable.
As a result, there’s growing pressure on businesses to keep sustainability in mind. They don’t want to lose customers, so they cave to public pressure.
Here are some things to look for:
- Using carbon capture companies to reduce pollution from factories
- Working with companies with a transparent supply chain
- Utilizing eco-friendly packaging
- Obtaining environmental certifications
- Investing in energy-saving technology
Many companies are upfront about their actions to protect the environment. You can search online and likely find what companies do to help.
Do Your Part to Save the Environment
From lakes drying up to more severe weather events, a lot is going wrong with the environment today. Even though we may not be able to turn back the clock, there are many things you can do to reduce the harm done to the environment.
The above tips are a great place to start if you want to save the environment. Put as many tips as you can in place to become more environmentally friendly.
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