Most of us want to treat Mother Earth a little better, but sometimes, doing so can cost a lot of money, and can be a bit challenging. You should not give up just yet – it turns out the some of the most impactful and effective ways to be more environmentally-friendly do not require any new purchases.
Here are some of the simplest and cheapest ways we can help Mother Earth:
We’re pretty sure you are familiar with the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, right? There should be another R in the mix: REFUSE. This is actually the best way to cut down on environmental harm. Can you put your produce in reusable nylon bags over the plastic bags at the store? Do you accept free items you never use such as flyers, pens or plastic utensils? You can start saying “no” instead and skip the need to recycle or reuse altogether.
USE REUSABLE CONTAINERS
This means using your own water bottles or even bringing your own food containers in when you are getting takeout or if you have leftovers. Hopefully, the use of food containers will get easier eventually.
USE LESS WATER
You may also take shorter showers. You can also try using low-flow showerheads and using your energy-efficient dishwasher that uses less water compared to traditional dishwashers. You can also avoid leaving the faucet running for longer periods of time. You may run your laundry only when it is a full load. Avoid using heater water unless it is necessary and only when washing truly dirty clothes.
USE LESS ELECTRICITY
Did you know that most electronics still consume energy even when they are not actively turned on? This is referred to as phantom energy and it can add as much as 10% to the electricity bill. What you should do is start unplugging things like microwaves, chargers, and computer when they are not in use, or you may also invest in “smart” surge protectors. They disable power when the items are not in use.
REDUCE YOUR PAPER TOWEL CONSUMPTION
You may try having a stack of dish towels on hand for drying hands while washing up or cooling, and you can also try using cloth napkins at dinnertime. Doing so will definitely decrease your use of paper towels.
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