So far 2019 has been defined by environmental concerns, and individuals across the globe are beginning to take a proactive approach towards reducing their carbon footprint. Many of us have developed lazy habits that are bad for the environment and will potentially damage the planet. Fortunately, making small adjustments to your lifestyle can have dramatic effects and, not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint, you will also be saving money. It is surprising how such small changes can have such a considerable benefit – on a personal and global level. Here are some simple eco-friendly life changes you can make from the comfort of your own home.
1. Reduce Consumption
It may seem like an obvious place to start, but it is a point that is often ignored. Every year tonnes of trash gets taken to landfill sites across the globe. Recycling waste is a good option, but what if we did not have the waste to begin with? Currently, landfill sites across the US are filling up which will leave citizens with no alternative but to dispose of their waste in other countries – burning fuel and wasting billions of dollars. If every household aimed to reduce how much they were consuming, the planet would be in a considerably better state. You can do more by reducing your plastic consumption and switching to reusable alternatives.
2. Solar Panels
One of the most proactive ways that you can make an eco-friendly change in your home is to harness Green Power Technology. Fitting solar panels on to your home utilizes the sun’s energy and turns it into energy for heating and electricity. Green power is the technology of the future and many governments are giving eco-homes significant tax breaks because they are contributing positively to reducing their carbon footprint – and to the national grid.
3. Double Glazing
If you want to save on your heating bills and reduce your carbon footprint in one simple move, insulate your house adequately. One of the most prominent ways that homes lose heat is through windows. If you double glaze, or even triple glaze, your windows you will trap the warm air inside your home and you can turn your radiators down all throughout the colder months. Although double glazing is a considerable investment, you will soon see a return on your purchase through dramatic reductions in your monthly bills.
4. Change Your Diet
It is a well-known fact that the farming industry, primarily beef, is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. You do not have to alter your diet dramatically to become vegan or vegetarian to help reduce emissions through your diet. Many organizations and schools are now partaking in Meatless Monday and there is no reason why you can’t do this at home, too. Changing your diet will impact your every day life, but once you get into new habits they will soon become part of your everyday life.
It isn’t hard to change your habits to more eco-friendly alternatives and the results have the potential to be life-changing.