A Mini Guide to Eco-Friendly Living: 5 Positive Household Changes
If you are trying to think of ways you can adopt more eco-friendly living, you may not know where to even begin. This can make the whole process even more stressful, and more likely that you will put it off! Nevertheless, you have already completed the most difficult step - deciding to make a change.
Focus on smaller changes you can make easily before trying to tackle the more difficult ones. Here are some easy and small changes you can make in your household to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle:
1. Eat Less Meat
Meat consumption has a huge impact on the environment, even bigger than you might have imagined. In fact, more than 30% of the Earths surface is used to raise livestock.
According to a United Nations study, “the livestock sector accounts for 9 percent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 percent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2.”
Therefore, cutting back on meat consumption is an important step in reducing the overall emission of GWP gases. Why not replace some of your meat-heavy meals with vegetables or seafood?
2. Cut Down On Energy in Your Home
There are so many ways you can cut down energy in your home, which will not only help the environment but money in your pocket too! A win for you and a win for the Earth. Make sure to unplug all appliances when they aren't being used, wash all clothes on cold or 30 degrees where you can and use a drying rack to dry your clothes when they are finished being washed.
Air-drying clothes can reduce the average household's carbon footprint by a massive 2,400 pounds a year.
3. Reduce Water Waste
You can easily live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by using less water wherever you can. Start by taking shorter showers in the morning (time yourself to ensure you aren't in there for too long!). Try not to buy bottled water if possible and buy a reusable water bottle - this will save a huge amount of money too. And even if you live in an area that doesn't have the tastiest tap water, you can purchase a water filter to purify it to your bottled water standards.
4. Purchase the Right Light Bulb
There are a variety of eco-friendly household products you can switch to, however, a positive and simple place to start is by changing lightbulbs. When you buy new light bulbs, or your light bulb burns, replace it with a more eco-friendly brand. Replace your old bulb with a compact fluorescent light. These bulbs can last more than five times longer and use much less electricity than incandescent light bulbs.
Another bonus, these bulbs are much brighter which means you can get away with using fewer lamps in your home!
5. Start A Compost Pile Or Bin
Compost bins are becoming more and more popular, and for all the right reasons! Not only do compost bins reduce waste by letting you re-use what you would normally throw away, but they also save money and help your garden plants grow better!
These are 5 very simple ways you can start to adopt more eco-friendly living, without having to spend money or make huge lifestyle changes. Living a greener lifestyle doesn't have to be difficult. It really can be as easy as turning off switches for appliances you are no longer using. And even better, eco-friendly living will save you money so what's your excuse not to start today?