Good living begins from the home, therefore, ensuring that your home is eco-friendly as much as possible could only spell good for your health. There must be a conscious effort to ensure that your environment, living space and the air you take are as green as possible. Efforts to ensure a green environment right from your home are limitless; it even makes more sense when you carry others along. From appropriate waste disposal to reducing your carbon footprint; you can only do better.
Here are some important tips to help ensure that your home is green and the environment is preserved:
- Go Natural and conserve energy
One way to keep our dear planet safe is to utilize that which it offers us freely. While there are alternatives to Mother Nature’s provision, she feels more secured making use of her own elements. You can save 0.22 metric tons of Carbon dioxide annually if take off your lights for one hour every day. Think of the metric tons of CO2 we will save if we all make this our practice by making use of the natural lights during the day.
- Build a planet
Planet building here talks about having a garden where you plant vegetables, herbs, and even flowers. This I call the cheapest household greening technique. This is premised on the fact that few bucks will be saved because you are less frequent at the stores buying vegetables and consequently, you burn less gas (thereby reducing Co2 emission). Moreover, this does not cancel the benefit that green plants bring to the planet. You can consider this cost-free technique.
- Make recycling your habitual practice
If you consider the multi-facet benefits of recycling, you will discover that it cannot be overemphasized. Apart from making it easier to produce plastic objects, it also becomes beneficial in reducing landfills. In addition, when you recycle, it helps reduce carbon emission to a considerable size. You can even swap your plastic containers for stainless steel or glass containers instead of trashing them. They will actually maintain their quality over time. Not only will these last, but they are also recyclable and do not percolate your food with harmful chemicals.
- Reduce wastage as much as possible
In addition to recycling used items, you can also reduce what your waste will be. You can massively cut down your wastages if you pay keen attention to some things. You may choose to donate your used clothing to second-hand stores instead of trashing them. Put your refrigerator into use to. Put your used paper into use again. Try printing on two sides of the paper and if your kids want to practice coloring, let them use the other side of used paper. Moreover, why use a tissue to clean up when you can use a napkin? Ordinary leaking valve in the house can waste a shocking 37854 of water per year. This may look negligible to you if you have not considered that over 700m people do not have access to clean water.
Drive conservation through volume purchase
There is a way to reduce single-use plastic and that is by buying in bulk. Do not let your bulk purchase be limited to food items only. Items such as air products and hand soap can be included in the collection to cut down single-use plastics
Do your dishes and laundry in full loads
I would first advise that you try out traditional washing at least once in a while. It is advisable to run full loads of dishes and laundry instead of batch washing. This is because a single load of laundry (washing and drying at the same time) gives off over 3.2kgs of carbon dioxide. Imagine the accumulated emission for all loads. Similarly, you may choose to dry your dishes using a napkin or allowing them to air dry instead of steaming them. This helps the earth.