After The National Climate Assessment organization released the most recent report on climate change, more and more people are looking for ways they can help save the environment for future generations. Unfortunately, many of us are too busy or lazy to take the necessary steps to make significant changes in our lives, even if those changes mean saving the planet. If you are looking for ways that you can help protect the environment, here are seven simple habits that you can implement in your life that will make a significant impact without compromising your quality of life.
Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
According to the City of Boston website, switching out your regular light bulbs is an excellent way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Not only that, but they last much longer than normal light bulbs and can save you energy over the long run. While they are a bit more expensive, switching to compact fluorescent bulbs will reduce your electric bill.
Turn Off Your Devices
When you aren’t using your devices, like your TV or computer, take the time to turn them off. When you leave a room, be sure to turn off the lights, even if you intend to return to the room. Not only is this a natural habit to develop, but it will save you money on your energy bill and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Stop Using Plastic Bags
Plastic bags tend to have a significant impact on the environment. When they end up in landfills, they will slowly start to release toxic chemicals into the soil, which can eventually end up polluting our water. Instead of resorting to plastic bags, consider switching to a paper bag, like kraft bags, to help reduce the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills.
Walk, Bike, or Use Public Transportation
Car emissions are one of the most substantial causes of pollution and are one of the significant contributors to greenhouse gases. Before you hop in the car, consider walking, biking, or taking public transportation to your destination. Not only will this help to reduce emissions, but can go a long way in reducing pollution.
Reduce Your Detergent Use
Many people don’t think twice about the amount of detergent they use when doing laundry. However, the effects of detergent on the environment are substantial. Along with releasing toxic substances into the environment, many of which are extremely dangerous to humans and other organisms, but the carbon footprint to manufactures detergents is substantial. You always want to be sure to follow the recommended dose of detergent when you wash your clothes and dishes.
Fix Leaky Faucets
If you have a dripping faucet, you could be losing, on average, 120 liters of water per day. Not only is this incredibly wasteful, but it can significantly increase your water bill as well. If you have leaky faucets or plumbing, take the time to get it fixed.
Rather than wasting your home’s water on your landscaping, consider setting up a system to collect rainwater to take care of your lawn. Not only is this a free resource for you to use, but it’s also good for your plants and will improve your soil and the environment.
Protecting the planet and saving the environment doesn’t require you to change your way of life drastically. By implementing these seven simple habits into your daily routine can go a long way in protecting the environment for future generations.