Thinking of ways to live better this year?
Why not start with reducing your carbon footprint?
Green living and making eco-friendly choices is a change that will not only help you
but the environment.
If you weren’t particularly eco-conscious in the past, the goals you create should be easy
to follow so that it encourages you to continue reducing your carbon footprint in the future.
“Green living and making
eco-friendly choices is a change
that will not only help you
but the environment.”
Below are a few eco-friendly changes you can make this year:
1. Ditch Bottled Water
Did you know that it takes millions of barrels of oil to create plastic water bottles each year?
By simply eliminating plastic water bottles from your shopping list, you can help the environment
and save money.
Investing in a reusable water bottle and refilling it each time you need to can save you a bundle and
will reduce the demand for spring water bottles.
2. Choose Eco-Friendly Energy Solutions
Most residential energy customers aren’t aware of their power to choose better rates and services.
Deregulation in the energy market allows suppliers to advertise competitive rates for renewable
You can check Texas electric rates or the electric rates of whatever state you live in to see how you
can make the switch to a more affordable, resourceful energy provider.
Renewable energy options can save you money.
3. Brew Your Own Coffee
Are you a coffee lover?
If so, you may want to start brewing your “cup of Joe” at home in a coffee travel mug.
With approximately 58 billion coffee cups and carrying sleeves being discarded every year, making
coffee even twice a week at home can help to reduce the waste this causes.
4. Reuse Your Shopping Bags
Plastic bags, such as those used at the grocery store are wasted at rapid rates each day.
Rather than be part of the problem and waste, you can try a few options.
The first would be to reuse the plastic bags every time you go to the grocery store.
There are some stores that have quality plastic bags that can be reused, if this is the case, do so
to cut down on how many bags are thrown away.
Another option is to invest in cloth shopping bags.
You can get several of them and use them every time you go shopping.
5. Cut Back on Napkins
Napkins and paper towels can easily be eliminated from your home.
When cleaning up spills, use wash rags or sponges and when wiping a mess from your face
or hands, invest in cloth napkins.
6. Plan Your Trips
When using your vehicle to get you to and from places, you’re essentially polluting the atmosphere.
To cut back on the amount of pollution exuded from your vehicle, it is a good idea to plan your trips.
For instance, if you know you have a doctor’s appointment, need to go to the grocery store, and have
to pick up the kids, try and schedule everything around your doctor’s appointment and go to places
near the doctor’s office to cut back on the commute.
“Something as simple as changing
a lightbulb, switching to renewable
energy, or even making your coffee
at home can be epic changes
for the environment.”
7. Use Green Cleaning Products
Cleaning products can be harmful to the atmosphere and even to your own health.
To make the eco-friendly change this year, start gradually replacing your traditional cleaning products
with green ones.
If you’d like to save even more money, you can start making your own cleaning products.
There are plenty of how to videos or guides on the internet you can review.
Something as simple as changing a lightbulb, switching to renewable energy, or even making your coffee
at home can be epic changes for the environment.
Going green and making more eco-conscious decisions does not have to be a complicated task.
Start small, like some of the suggestions listed above and gradually incorporate more into your life.
Before long, you’ll have mastered the process of supporting the environment, and ultimately becoming
a better you.
What are your favorite ways to make your home and lifestyle more eco-friendly?
Share your thoughts and comments with us.