Eco-friendly makes sense for you, your family and the planet. By reducing your carbon footprint you can help to save trees, energy, and water and use fewer chemicals and enjoy a healthier quality of life. There are many ways to begin. You may have already started by changing out your light bulbs to energy-efficient, lowering your heat and raising the air conditioning before bed and limiting your showers. That’s a good start but there’s much more you can do.
Maybe you’ve thought about it in the past but put the idea off due to the price tag. Well, the good news is that now is a great time to revisit the idea of solar. Since there’s competition in the growing industry the prices have dropped significantly. Solar panels are beneficial in all areas. They help reduce your electric bill up to 100 percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the value of your home. If you plan on living in your home for 10 or more years, it’s a smart investment that pays off yearly in dividends. Shop around and get several quotes from companies like Ion Solar and then compare pricing and their customer reviews. Make sure to select a company that does that entire project from start to finish ensuring that if anything goes wrong you only have one phone call to make.
Use less paper
With computers, iPads, and iPhones located in most any home, the need for using paper is limited. Instead of printing out your monthly budget, making shopping lists and writing out checks, take advantage of this technology and help save a tree. Most businesses have a website online where you can make a payment. If you don’t have a computer, you can still contact the company by telephone and use their automated system to make a payment. Either way, you’re not writing a check and mailing it in an envelope. As an added bonus you no longer need to buy envelopes or stamps.
Plastic and landfills
Did you know that it can take over a couple hundred of years for a plastic bottle to break down in a landfill? And a plastic bag can take more than 20 years to break down. In order to reduce the pile up around the country, many states have recycling bins set up in many of the communities. Instead of purchasing a case of bottled water each week why not put a filter on your faucet. While the initial cost might run you nearly $100.00, in just a few months’ time you’ll recover that money and you’ll help eliminate the endless waste. Many stores are also promoting a green lifestyle with their own canvas shopping bags. They are generally just a dollar or two a piece and you can bring them with you each time you shop and reduce your plastic consumption by up to 50 to 60 bags in just one month.
Eating non-processed foods
Going green isn’t just about the electric bills and landfill waste; it’s also about emissions into the air. Instead of purchasing frozen and canned vegetable that use chemicals to preserve them, visit a local farmer’s market. They have fresh produce picked right out of the fields and delivered usually within a day or two. Since these are local farmers and not commercial outfits, the plants receive personal attention. They use only organic sprays and insecticides and there are no preservatives or artificial colors added, just wholesome goodness. Plus since they travel only a short distance you’ll also help to save the planet from more carbon emissions that come from long transports over busy highways.
Walk more, drive less
Are you guilty of hopping in the car to check the mailbox in your community that’s within eyesight? Or, perhaps, you take your car out at lunchtime to order a sandwich from the local deli? If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Many people without giving it a second thought automatically use their vehicle when they could walk instead. Every time you start the starter you are sending carbon emissions into the air. Instead of turning the key, get on your walking legs and enjoy the fresh air. You’ll do your part to save the planet while also giving your body the exercise it needs to perform properly and stay fit.
Deciding to go eco-friendly is something you can do a little bit more each day. Walk instead of driving or using public transportation, use less gas, water, and electricity, eat healthy fresh grown fruits and vegetables and limit your use of plastic. All of these are a wonderful start towards reducing your carbon footprint and making a positive impact on your community.