Humans are beginning to discover just how fragile the environment is, as well as how important it is to our health, our economy, and the sustainability of our future. Try these simple ways of protecting the environment to remind yourself that conservation begins at home.
Choose Green or Clean Energy
By installing solar panels, you can power your home, either in full or in part, using clean energy. Indeed, you will find many opportunities — and many incentives — to move from traditional electricity to solar power.
Of course, not every home enjoys enough direct sunlight to run on solar power. But even if your home will not benefit from the installation of solar panels, you can still help the environment by buying green energy. By doing so, you turn your monthly energy bill into an investment, helping the environment by assisting the development of clean energy programs.
Buy Sustainable Products
The global community thrives on consumerism, yet the search for resources can be particularly damaging to the environment. Your choice of products can help the environment by lending your financial support to companies that offer sustainable and environmentally friendly items. In particular, by buying sustainable products, you can reduce consumer demand for products whose manufacture involves destruction of rainforest, wetlands, or other environmentally sensitive areas.
Avoid Using Plastics
Plastic is an important part of many products. Though it may deteriorate, it never goes entirely away. Indeed, scientists are already struggling to find ways to use the plastics that already overload our landfills.
Some plastics are recycled to make new products, but not all are, so avoid buying plastic products — especially bags and water bottles — to help reduce demand for them. Switch from plastic containers to containers made of glass. If you must buy plastic, buy products that contain recycled plastic, but don’t forget that reusable products — metal water bottles, for example — can last a lifetime.
Ride a Bicycle or Walk
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Automobiles are one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse emissions, so if you must drive, consider using an all-electric vehicle and buying green energy to power it. However, walk or bicycle when you can. You exhale very little carbon dioxide when walking, and even less when bicycling.
Indeed, bicycling is even more efficient than walking. Recognizing this, many urban areas are becoming bicycle-friendly, a natural progression from the bike culture that exists in most big cities. Best of all, by not driving, you contribute to the creation of a healthier environment by decreasing not only the amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but also demand for fuel.
Adjust the Humidity Level of Your Home
Humidity is the key to having a comfortable home. When you maintain a balanced humidity level in your home, you require less heating — or, depending on the season, less air-conditioning — to create a comfortable living space. According to Conditioned Air Mechanical HVAC Services, balancing your home’s humidity level thus allows you to minimize use of your HVAC system, saving you money and saving the environment from pollution.
You can help the environment in many ways, and these are some of the easiest. By tweaking your family’s habits, you can help conserve natural resources to create a healthier environment. Start today!