Daily Life Hacks To Help The Environment, Your Health, and Save Money
Daily Life Hacks To Help The Environment and Save Money
The world is suffering and our way of life is threatened by excess and over-consumption. But though things can sometimes seem bleak, and it can be difficult to know what to do, we can all of us do our bit to help the environment and save money in our everyday lives. Here are some simple, daily life hacks to help you to be more green and live more sustainably:
Grow Your Own & Buy Local
In every way, we should all be more aware of the cost of the food we eat. You can help save the environment as well as saving money by growing at least some of your own food. Everyone can grow some food at home – even if it is only on a sunny windowsill, and getting started is far easier and cheaper than you may imagine. What you cannot grow, you should try to buy as locally as possible, as this too will help to reduce your toll on our planet. Go organic wherever possible as this too helps to make you part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Really consider every purchase that you make. Think carefully before you buy new items and reduce your consumption. Learn new (age-old) skills such as gardening, woodworking and crafts, and reuse or reclaim old items rather than buying new ones. Recycle waste wherever you can as you move as close as possible to a zero-waste lifestyle. Compost food waste, utilise packaging in your garden, or around your home, and be imaginative when it comes to finding solutions for daily needs.
In your everyday life, think about transportation costs and use slow, carbon-neutral means to travel whenever you can. Walking or cycling to work, for example, can help save money, help the environment and improve your health. Hybrid or electric vehicles should be considered if you are buying a new vehicle, while in cities, public transportation or car share schemes may also be valid options for a greener way to get around.
At home, and wherever you go, think about the energy needed to fulfil your daily needs. In the home, for example, switch to low-energy lighting and consider how to reduce heating needs by harnessing the natural power of the sun to heat your home. Choose energy efficient appliances and consider switching to renewable sources of power wherever possible.
The above are just some of the simple ways to help the environment right now. It is easier and more affordable than you may imagine to live a sustainable way of life and be part of the solution to the world's ills rather than part of the problem.