An eco-friendly lifestyle is appealing to most of us, but in reality, there’s a lot of confusion and challenges that make the transformation harder for us. You’ll hear a lot of different opinions from people. And when you look for it on the internet, there are tons of ideas, lists, do’s, and don’ts.
So, how do you cut the noise and get this straight? When I started the transformation back in 2018, I also faced many challenges. There wasn’t any shortage of information, but I missed a step-by-step guideline or some actionable tips that I can apply right away.
So what’s the solution? How do you start? Let me guess, you’re thinking of doing more cycling, right? Yeah, it’s great. But that’s just one of the many practices. And you’ll need to do a lot more than that.
As you know, everything starts at home. So if you’re just starting, start from home. Yes, even before you start cycling to your workplace. I’ll lay down the steps one by one for you, so all you need to do is just read this article and follow the steps.
1. Save Water; Save Humanity and Environment
Do you know you could save 70 gallons of water each time you have a bath? That’s right. If you avoid taking baths and take showers instead, you could save up to 70 gallons of water each time. If this doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.
Moreover, you can challenge yourself to take a 5-minute shower every time. Of course, this isn’t an absolute time bomb, but at least try not to make it a 1-hour long session every time you take a shower. In addition, try shower heads that help to conserve water and avoid wastage.
Next, turn off the tap; when you’re brushing your teeth or combing hair. Also, when you’re watering the hose, be extra careful to turn off the knob when you’re done, or you need to do something else.
Remember, one drip each second can make up to 5 to 10 gallons per day. Scary, right?
2. Don’t Leave Electronics on Standby Mode
Yes, I know. Many of us are guilty of this bad habit. But did you know that even if you leave your devices on standby mode, plugged into a socket, it still drains some energy? Yes, even if you’re not using them.
So when you leave the house, make sure you’ve turned off everything—starting from the lights to your computers. In addition to that, unplug them. So they don’t consume any energy when you’re out of the house and not using them.
3. Limiting the Use of Air Conditioning
Let me say this straight, AC is BAD for the environment. And so are refrigerators. But living without them will cause a whole new challenge for us.
Sure, there are other alternative ways to tackle this challenge and I’m sure you’ll find it along the way. But for now, let’s not just take the big steps, alright?
So, how do you be more eco-friendly while using the Air conditioning system?
For what it’s worth, buy air conditioning that does the least harm to the environment. But that’s not all. You’ll have to work on the usage of the AC. Become more conservative and responsible while using it.
If you’re not entering the room for the next one or two hours, don’t leave the AC on. Don’t leave it on the whole time when you’re home. Use it when it’s too hot and you need it.
3. Limiting Your Laundry
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying you should wear dirty clothes to your office. I am saying that you should only wash your clothes when it’s necessary to wash them. And not just the routine that you follow.
For instance, jeans don’t require that level of frequent or regular washing. You can just try airing them between washes, and it will freshen them up for later uses.
Also, when you have slight marks on the cloth, the best thing to do is use a sponge or wash the dirty spot of the fabric.
And another thing, other than fixing your habits, be careful about what you’re using. Avoid detergents, products made out of plastics, harsh soaps, etc. There are many eco-friendly and better alternatives to plastics and raspy chemical items in the market. Find yours.
4. Become an Eco-Conscious Buyer and Get Crafty
This one is easy. All you need to do is to check the items that you’re buying. First off, check the package. Are they using plastics? NO? Check the ingredients. If they’re safe to use and cause no harm to the environment or animals, get it.
Also, limit your shopping. No matter how eco-friendly a shopper you are, it’s always best to limit your buying and only purchase what’s necessary.
Nope, I’m not saying you need to be an artist overnight. Getting a little crafty can help you in many ways, both personally and environmentally.
It will help you limit your buying and you can explore the artistic side of yourself as well. Not to mention, it’ll be an excellent pastime for you as well.
And to do this, you don’t need an engineering degree or raw materials, just use your old items like worn clothes and make things like cushions, covers, etc.
5. Grow your own herbs
While I’m not suggesting that you should be able to grow your own foods, being able to grow one or two herbs is a great thing to start right away. And you never know, you might end up growing all the veg that you need from your yard or roof garden!
And honestly, you don’t need that bigger space to get started. Even if you do not have space, just use pots to grow the herbs inside your house.
6. Upgrade to More Energy-efficient Appliances
Want to know a secret? You could save more than $500 per year just by switching to more energy-efficient appliances.
Sounds interesting, right? Thought so. The only problem with that is, the replacement and installation cost might seem daunting at first. But do your calculation and see how much you can save per year, and if you can use it for 3 or 4 years, how much money can you save in the long run.
Makes sense? Good.
7. Use Solar Panels
Last but not least, use solar panels as much as you can. This one might be the easiest solution to become more environmentally friendly at home. However, most of us fail to do this in action.
If you take only one thing from this article, I want this to be the one. Make sure you take this advice seriously and apply it to your home right away.
Solar panels help us to reduce carbon emissions and use safe energy, which helps the environment immensely. Not to mention the cost-efficient benefits that you get by using solar energy.
To Wrap It Up
Ok, I won’t make this too long for you. I have included only seven items. If you search for it on the internet, you’ll find thousands of more ideas on becoming more eco-friendly at home. But I wanted to make it a short, applicable, and actionable guide that anyone can apply right away.
Now that we’re done with the tips or steps, I want you to take action and apply them to your lifestyle. If you’re still confused, read out the blog once again or leave a comment below, I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Guest Post By Jared McMillan