Simple and Eco-friendly Practices that Anyone can Do
Are you planning to shift to a more eco-friendly lifestyle? You do not have to make huge changes right away to show more ecological responsibility. Here are some small and simple changes that you can do to lessen your impact on the environment:
Reducing Food Waste
- When grocery shopping, make it a point to buy less than what you think you need. There will always be unexpected dinners out, and there will always be leftovers.
- Chop up and store the vegetables and meats the moment you get home. This will prevent you from wasting time with ingredient preparation during the week.
- Freeze your fruits and vegetables to extend their shelf life. If some of the fruits get a bit mushy, but not rotten yet, use them for smoothies or fruit breads.
- If you still manage to create food waste, or there are leftovers from your meals, don’t throw them out. Create your own small compost pile for your garden.
- Instead of taking your car everywhere you go, take the bus or train. Better yet, ride your bike to get there. If it takes less than 30 minutes to get where you’re going by car, make it a rule to just walk or ride your bike.
- Start a carpool sheet where you work so that you and your co-workers can ride together to work. This can save a lot of money on gas. Aside from that, it can also cut back on your fossil fuel emissions.
- Pitch to your boss the benefits of working from home one or two days a week. This can reduce emissions, and lessen electricity use in the office.
- Replace all of the lights in your home with high-efficiency LED lights.
- Change your showerheads to low-flow ones to make them more efficient.
- Install a solar panel system, a very efficient one that can supply all the electricity that you need, or at the very least, take out a huge chunk of your monthly electricity bill.
- Replace your windows with double-pane ones to save money on heating and air-conditioning. If you cannot afford to switch all your windows, seal them using silicone caulk.
- Unplug all of your electronic appliances when not in use to prevent them from consuming phantom electricity.
- Wash your clothes in cold water, and hang them out to dry instead of using the dryer.
These practices may just be simple and minor but you can expect them to have major contributions in saving the environment. Start caring for the environment by making these eco-friendly practices a part of your routines.