We’re all spending more time at home, and it’s a great opportunity to explore ways you can live green every day. We’ve got some easy and practical eco-friendly ideas that you can use starting today.
Recycling and Upcycling
Recycling has become part of our everyday lives at home. You can easily increase your recycling efforts by being mindful of your purchases. Look for products that are made from recycled materials and ones that have less packaging, which you’d eventually have to recycle yourself. You can also get creative and upcycle things you already have instead of buying new. It’s a fun way to be earth-friendly and save money!
Composting and Gardening
Composting is a good way to turn waste into something really useful. Plus, with a compost bin, you won’t need to take up too much space in your yard or have an unsightly compost pile. You can upcycle a container you already have or build one in a weekend. Soon, you’ll have nutrient-rich compost made of things you’d previously thrown away to use for your landscaping.
Watching Your Water Use
Saving water is a really important part of green living, and there are ways you can help at home. Installing low-flow faucets and showerheads is one way to conserve water automatically. And you can save more water by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth and shave. Another trick is to turn off the shower while you lather up with shampoo and soap, only turning it back on when you’re ready to rinse squeaky clean.
Turning off the lights in empty rooms is something we all know is a good thing to do, but have you ever heard of “vampire loads”? A vampire load is the electricity consumed by appliances and devices that are turned off or on standby mode but are still plugged in, and therefore still using energy. One way to combat this phantom energy drain is to use power strips to plug in your devices. Then you can turn off the power strip when you’re not using them so energy isn’t wasted on standby mode. Another idea to reduce energy consumption is to adjust your thermostat by a couple of degrees. Just changing the temperature by one or two degrees will hardly feel noticeable, but will cost less and conserve more over time.
After you’ve introduced incremental changes to your energy-saving plan, you may be ready for an even bigger step. Solar technology is one of the best ways to cut energy dependence by harnessing the abundant natural resource of sunlight. In California, there are financial incentives to help you get started with renewable energy at home.
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