Every single person on the planet has a vested interest in protecting the environment. You can do your part by implementing these positive environmental actions today:
Reduce Your Power Usage
Cutting back on the amount of power that you use in your everyday life is a great first step in protecting the environment. Start by replacing all of the light bulbs in your home with energy efficient LED bulbs. This can not only reduce your home’s effect on the environment, but it can also significantly reduce your power bill by decreasing your monthly power usage.
Next, be sure to turn out the lights every time you leave a room. Try making this a family policy so that everybody who lives at your house participates. If you have trouble remembering to turn the lights off, you can always install an occupancy sensor that will detect whether or not anyone is in the room and turn the lights off automatically if no one is present.
Finally, cut down on the amount of power that you use for heating and cooling by properly insulating your home. During the winter, open the blinds to let in the sunshine to passively heat your home and ease the burden on your furnace. During the summer, do the opposite. Close the blinds to block out the sun and keep your home as cool as possible so that you can get by with less air conditioning.
Reduce Your Water Usage
Conserving water is another great way to help the environment. Install a low flow shower head to reduce the amount of water that you use each time you shower. Only run the washer when you have a full load of laundry to reduce the number of times you have to use it. Also, turn off the water anytime you are not using it. This includes while you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes at the sink.
Check your sinks, bathtub faucet and toilets for any sign of leaks. Hidden leaks can waste a tremendous amount of water. Addressing these issues can dramatically reduce your water usage, saving you money and protecting the environment as a result.
If possible, consider hardscaping your yard and planting drought resistant shrubs and plants instead of having a lawn. If that is not an option, replace your current grass with a drought tolerant variety. You can also reduce how often you need to water plants and trees by mulching around them. This simple step can help hold moisture close to the base of the plant for far longer periods of time.
Finally, always water your lawn early in the morning or late at night to avoid losing water to evaporation during the heat of the day. Ideally you should water in the morning since watering at night can lead to fungus growth.
These positive environmental actions don’t take a lot to implement, but can dramatically reduce your home’s impact on the environment. By cutting back on the amount of power and water that you use, you can do your part to make the world a better place.