Going green is something many families are attempting to do. The natural disasters and anomalies around the world continue to remind families why they should go green, and the following are seven ways to do just that.
1. Ending the Cycle
Everyone's using reusable bags, and that's great, but there's more to be done to end the cycle. For example, you can avoid those plastic bags for produce by bringing your own or skipping them altogether since you're going to wash your produce anyways.
You can also avoid as many plastic packages as possible. The good thing is there are companies that put goods in biodegradable packages. Do your best to support those companies since they are helping you reduce your waste more effectively.
2. Investing in Solar Power
A lot of people shy away from installing solar panels because of the price, but you shouldn't be one of these folks. The reality is the price of residential solar panels isn't too bad.
This is especially true with the government-backed incentives you can take advantage of. Depending on your particular situation, you might be able to get a substantial tax credit to install your panels. You'll be saving money, and you'll be helping the planet with one simple step. You should talk to your tax specialist to see what might be available to you.
3. Chose Human Power
This one is going to be tricky, and you are going to have to be committed, but you can buy more human-powered devices for your home. There are things you can buy that use your power instead of electricity. Most of these items are used for off-grid living, but there's no reason you can't use some of these things.
All you have to do is replace some items in your home with a human-powered alternative, like a hand crank food processor or blender. You can even use a human-powered washing machine. There's no denying it's going to be difficult to do more things by hand, but it's definitely green.
4. Always Repair First
Folks tend to purchase new items when their older items mess up or simply get too old. This may seem normal, but the reality is that most of your appliances and tools probably have life in them if you give them a shot.
All you have to do is take them to a local hardware or appliance repair shop. Have these items repaired rather than going out to replace them. You want to keep your appliances and tools as long as possible. The less you throw away, the lower your carbon footprint.
5. Commit to Shopping Locally
Another simple way to become more green is to commit to shopping locally. Chances are there's a nearby company or farm that makes or grows what you need. You want to seek these businesses and farms out, and try to shop only with them.
Relying on items that were shipped from all over the world means a lot of resources were used to get those items to you. The fewer resources used, the greener your home will be. Plus, you get to support your community and get fresher products.
6. Invest in a Composting Bin
Those who can should consider investing in a composting bin. This is a trashcan of sorts that allows you to throw away all biodegradable trash, like food scraps.
All of these items are placed in this container where they are naturally broken down until all you have to do is dump the remains on grass or a garden. You can also donate your compost to local farms or community gardens. What you've created is plant food, and the earth is going to love it.
7. Reworking Home for Sunlight
Consider reconstructing your home to let more sunshine in. If you made a few changes to your home like installing larger windows or installing sun tunnel skylights, you'd be much greener.
Sunlight can replace all your light bulbs if you just let it in. Big windows can help, but sun tunnel skylights can finish up the job by guiding sunlight to areas where you can't put windows, like your basement and other areas of your home.
Hopefully, these ideas help guide you in the right direction. Going green isn't something that can be done overnight, but stick to it, and you'll get there in no time.