Taking small steps to a sustainable environment for a better future is the need of the hour and if you're wondering how to get started, we've got you covered. With the ongoing circumstances, quite a few people are becoming conscious of their actions and their carbon footprint. However, the first thought that runs across people's minds when thinking of switching to a greener lifestyle is the expense. While solar panels and larger professional green gadgets may not be an economical choice for many, there are many budget-friendly options that you can consider that are efficient and are sure to make your home a greener space. Scroll to know more on building a responsible and eco-friendly lifestyle.
Light Up With LEDs
Led bulbs are known to consume a significantly lesser amount of energy and hence are an ideal lighting option for your home. They last longer and will eventually help you save money too.
Be Conscious About Your Water Consumption
As simple as it may sound, water wastage is one of the most common factors leading to environmental degradation. We must be more mindful about our water consumption at home. Small actions like turning off the tap when brushing, using lesser water while cleaning the dishes and switching to a bucket bath instead of the shower can help save a lot of water.
Compost Your Food Scraps
Food waste in landfills contributes to the formation of methane. To avoid this, turn your food scraps, leftover food, fruit and vegetable peels into compost at home. Create a separate compost bin that you can eventually use for your potted plants or for your society garden.
It's Time To Part Ways With Plastic Bottles
If you still use plastic bottles at home, it's high time you get rid of them. Not only can they be detrimental for your health but they are known to be the most common environmental pollutant. Most plastic bottles do not get recycled and are instead thrown in the trash only to be found in oceans and other open spaces. They take more than 1000 years to degrade as well. Also try to avoid buying sauces, powders, and other grocery products that are sold in plastic containers as far as possible.
Unplug Electronics When Not In Use
If you want to save maximum power, it is advisable to unplug all electronics and appliances when not in use. You may not know about it but many devices draw power even when not in use. This can help save you extra money and will also protect your devices during power surges.
Grow Your Own Produce
Whether it's a full-fledged garden with vegetables and fruits or a small herb garden by your kitchen window, growing your own produce can help you be self-sufficient in many ways. You can also use the compost made from your kitchen food scraps to help nurture your plants. Growing your own produce also helps keep the fertilizers at bay and reduces carbon emissions caused due to transportation of produce. To do this on a larger scale, you can also suggest your building committee or society to create a community garden.
Air Dry Your Clothes
Instead of using the dryer, try to dry out your clothes naturally after every wash. This reduces energy consumption, saves you money and benefits the environment at large.
Purify Your Home With Plants
If you think your home could use a little air purification, investing in beautiful indoor plants will do the trick. They purify the air and provide fresher air to breathe in. They're also perfect to liven up any corner of your home.
Use Homemade Cleaning Products
Store-bought cleaning agents may make your surfaces sparkling clean in a few minutes but the chemicals that are present in it can take a toll on your health and the environment in the long run. Instead, a solution of baking soda, lime juice and vinegar is effective and absolutely natural too.
Use Paper Towel Sparingly
You may not be able to completely get rid of toilet rolls, kitchen paper towels and tissues but using them sparingly can be beneficial. Hand dryers are known to produce lower carbon emissions as compared to using paper towels but since hand dryers aren't the most preferred options for our homes, using cotton handkerchiefs and hand towels are a better alternative.
Reuse Your Shopping Bags
Cloth bags are the most sustainable option for your grocery visits but in case you ever miss taking it with you and you do have to depend on the grocery store brown paper bags or plastic bags, make sure you reuse them to their maximum before you throw them away.
Smart Kitchen Planning
If you have only a few slices of bread to toast, it's best to use the toaster instead of the oven as the oven consumes a larger amount of energy. Similarly, use your microwave only when absolutely essential. We are so used to heating our food and coffee in the microwave, we rarely think about the carbon emissions it produces. Cooking at home can also help you minimize food wastage but this can only be done when you have a proper plan in place. So, it's time we start planning our meals instead of having excess leftovers that ultimately go to waste.