Eco-Friendly Ways to Save Energy and Go Green Around the House
We live in a society of consumers, and energy is one of the biggest resources we devour in this country. We’re also guilty of using too much non-biodegradable packaging, water, and toxic cleaning chemicals in our households. Unfortunately, this has led to a great deal of destruction to our environment, and the development of new and destructive ways to obtain natural resources, such as gas and oil. Often overlooked is the omnipresent, clean, and free energy source of the sun. Solar-power is one of our greatest, yet most underused resources for energy. There are also other ways to “go green”, conserve energy, and reduce our carbon footprints. Making small changes around your house can greatly benefit not only your family, but society at large, as well as our precious environment. Here’s how:
1. Use Green Household Cleaners
Most household cleaners on the market are full of toxic chemicals that can harm your family members, as well as the environment. Many cleaners can be homemade using common household ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, lemons, and the like. Search online for these easy and eco-friendly recipes.
2. Turn Off and Unplug Electronics When Not In Use
Did you know that appliances still use a small amount of electricity when plugged in, even if they’re switched off? Get in the habit of unplugging small appliances, such as toasters, toaster ovens, vacuums, laptops, etc. when not in use. Use solar or car chargers to charge your phone, and be sure to turn off the lights when you leave a room.
3. Utilize Reusable Grocery Bags
Plastic bags can not only take hundreds of years to biodegrade but also clog up landfills, waterways, and pose a threat to wildlife. Most stores sell reusable grocery bags and give a discount for using them each time you shop. They’re also easy to make using online tutorials. Make sure you wash them regularly following the directions on their label as they do tend to harbor bacteria.
4. Turn Off The Tap
Take short showers. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and doing the dishes. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when full. Water your lawn/gardens late in evening only. Monitor your water use and conserve it as much as possible.
5. Go Solar
Equip your house with a solar generator. Even if you have solar panels on your roof, if the grid goes down, they’re of no use. This can spell disaster if you have a well or sump pump, not to mention all the food that may go to waste from a non-functioning refrigerator and freezer. Purchase the SUNRNR 240 and you’ll never have to worry about this scenario!
These are just several of many ways you can “go green” and do your part to help the environment, as well as conserve water and energy. Being conscientious about how we use the Earth’s resources, and attempting to keep our trash and refuse to a minimum is the least we can do to help the environment.