Walk. Don’t Drive
Take a stroll, relieve some stress, and save the planet while doing it. You can drastically reduce your carbon emissions by walking or riding a bike. In addition to walking, there are several alternative transportation options to choose from. Carpooling is a great way to reduce your weekly carbon emissions. Choosing to take public transportation is also a great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Here are some other changes you can make to start living a greener life today:
Keep your tires inflated to improve gas mileage
Get engine tune ups regularly
Minimize unnecessary acceleration
Drive an electric car
Just by purchasing Energy Star appliances, like refrigerators, washers, and dryers, you can drastically lower your water and energy consumption. Products with the energy star label are specially designed to have superior energy efficiency.
While solar panels can be an expensive option for your home, they can practically pay for themselves with energy savings. You can even save money with tax incentives and energy rebates from your local utility company. Find out if you're eligible for tax credits!
Support local farmers and purchase locally grown produce instead of buying from the grocery store. The mass production and transportation of food makes up for about 13% of the U.S. greenhouse gases.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle
Recycling can help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from landfills. So, take the time to start recycling plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, and glass bottles around the house. Encourage your family to do the same. Make it a game! At the end of the work week, measure how much each family member was able to recycle, and the individual with the most recycled items gets a prize.
There are several ways to reduce your water consumption:
Turn off the water when you aren’t using it
Install energy efficient water faucets and showerheads
Use cooking water for watering plants
Make a rain harvesting water barrel
Harvest gray water for your garden
There are plenty of ways that you can start reducing your carbon footprint, but these are just a few. Start making small adjustments to your life today, so you can live a more sustainable future.
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