If you’ve been paying any attention to global news, you’ve likely heard that climate scientists are warning that we only have 20 years to roll back and reverse the effects of climate change.
It’s easy to hear news like that and become discouraged. But the other option, of course, is to respond with action.
Even if you don’t feel like it will make a big difference, taking small steps to learn how to be more environmentally friendly at home can help reduce your carbon footprint.
Ready to get started? Check out these 5 tips to start changing your habits at home.
1. Cook More Vegetarian Food
Often, when we think about being more environmentally friendly, we focus on the concept of using less and wasting less. But, while these things are important, they are not the only factor to consider.
There are many factors to the meat industry that are bad for the environment, ranging from the land used to raise animals to the methane released from cows. So, while it might not be realistic for everyone to go completely vegetarian, we can all work on eating less meat.
Consider doing a meatless Monday. For ideas for plant-based meals, check out EcoLifeMaster.
2. Remember Your Reusable Shopping Bags
We’ve all been at the cash register at the grocery store when we realized we forgot our reusable bags at home.
Changing this habit so you remember those bags can make a big difference. Using a reusable bag not only creates less waste, but it’s also more efficient. Reusable bags are bigger and sturdier, so it’s easier to carry more groceries with them.
3. Cut Down on Paper Towels
Sometimes, there are gross things you want to use a paper towel to clean up so you can just throw it away afterward. For regular messes or spills, however, a regular towel is a much better choice. The same goes for paper napkins.
Use cloth towels and napkins will mean that you have to do more laundry. In the long run, however, the paper saved is worth it.
4. Update Your Thermostat
Upgrading to a thermostat that you can control remotely is a great way to cut down on energy use at home. When you’re at work, you can set your thermostat 3-5 warmer or cooler (depending on whether it’s summer or winter). Then, when you’re on your way home, you can set it to a more comfortable temperature so it’s ready for you.
5. Buy Less
In general, most of us just have too much stuff: too much furniture, too many books, too many clothes, etc. A lot of these items eventually end up in a landfill.
As much as possible, look for opportunities to buy less, or to even look for opportunities to rent. For instance, getting books from the library means having fewer in your home.
How to Be More Environmentally Friendly at Home: Making the Change
With these tips in hand, you will soon be on your way to learning how to be more environmentally friendly at home. These small changes can make a big impact on our planet.
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