A common misconception about adapting to an eco-friendly lifestyle is that it’s costly and requires hard work. But that is far from true. You can take simple steps to make your daily routine more eco-friendly.
Unplug Electrics Not in Use
People often assume that if they switch something off, that item is no longer using electricity. It makes sense, right? However, when you switch an item off, you simply put it in standby mode. When in standby mode, the socket is still surging electricity through to power it in that mode.
To save energy (and money), try unplugging items that aren’t in use. For example, if you only drink coffee in the morning, unplug your coffeemaker when you’re done and plug it back in the following morning when you’re ready to use it.
Naturally Cool and Warm Your Home
Most air conditioning units use 3,000–5,000 watts of power on an average summer day, while a heating unit may use twice that amount during the frigid winter months.
There are plenty of ways to keep your home cool during the summer without using the air conditioner, one of which is to open the windows at night to let the breeze in.
Instead of blasting the heat during the winter months, save energy by keeping the thermostat at a lower temperature and insulating your home more effectively to keep the cold air out.
Reuse Shopping Bags
Many grocery stores are joining the efforts to create a sustainable way of living by offering reusable bags that you can purchase for your next shopping trip.
Not only is reusing your shopping bags beneficial for the environment, but reusable bags are more durable than one-time-use plastic bags. They can also fit more items, resulting in fewer trips to the car!
An easy routine adjustment to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle is to separate your garbage from your recycling products.
Recycling reduces emissions of greenhouse gases that may contribute to climate change. Try establishing different bins for trash and recyclable items. A bonus is that your garbage won’t fill up as quickly with fewer items in it!
Use Green Cleaning Products
Many commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can cause painful irritation to the skin, eyes, and lungs. These chemicals can linger in your home and may be hazardous to your children and pets.
Many of these products are also harmful to the environment because they advance water and air pollution. By understanding how to avoid toxic chemicals in your daily routine, you avoid potential injuries and may positively impact the earth by reducing pollution.
Adjusting our daily routines to reflect a greener lifestyle is crucial to building a more sustainable future for our children. Now that you’ve learned how to make your daily routine more eco-friendly, you can make easy changes to live a healthier, greener lifestyle.