Saving the environment begins in your very home. Here are some ways you can cut your carbon footprint and live greenly in 2020.
Energy companies use fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, to create steam that powers turbines to produce energy. While efficient, this process releases an exuberant amount of carbon dioxide into the air. Therefore, using fossil fuels adds to our carbon footprint.
Getting solar panels put on your house can help decrease your dependency on fossil fuels. After all, your roof sits in the blistering sun for the majority of the day. During the daytime hours, the sun will provide your home with the energy it needs to function properly.
Cut Water Waste
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 790 million people don’t have access to clean water. That statistic puts in perspective how much water we take for granted. Water is a finite source, yet we run the sink needlessly while brushing teeth, flush crushed insects in toilet paper, and wash our cars at a whim.
Take little steps like quicker showers and turning off the sink in between toothbrush strokes and spitting out your toothpaste. Get a flushing mechanism that changes water pressure for #1 and #2. Wash your car just once per season instead of every other week. Little changes will go a long way in preserving such a critical resource.
Stop with the Plastic
The longer we support plastic products, the longer manufacturing companies will stick to their ways, and the longer the products will sit in landfills. We need to put an end to our reliance on plastic. This mindset starts in the home.
When your Tupperware has outlived its use, replace it with glass Pyrex containers. Don’t get plastic yard bags to rake leaves and trimmings. Instead, use compostable bags. Stop purchasing bottled water. Get a filter for your tap and use a reusable stainless steel bottle instead.
Start a Garden
The biggest contributor to climate change is the deforestation of vegetation to create feed for farm animals. From there, these farm animals release uncanny amounts of methane gases into the ozone. Together, these factors create the crisis we’re facing today. So, to go green, we need to eat more greens.
Nothing tastes better than growing organic produce yourself. Instead of watering decorative grass, use it to grow veggies. Till up your grass and create a garden. Then, compost your scraps so you can create nutrient-rich soil, healthier crops, and greater yields.