10 Sustainable Living Tricks
Sustainable living is important because it can help improve our overall well-being, reduce financial expenditure, and enable a more beneficial relationship between ourselves and the natural environment. Through small changes in our lives, we can reduce the consumption of vital resources. There are many simple and effective ways to live a more sustainable life. Sustainable Living means buying less and wasting less of what you do buy. It also can mean saving on groceries and saving money on energy costs. We must do our part to reduce our energy consumption as much as possible for the health of the planet for future generations. Here are some simple and useful ways to lead a sustainable life.
Here are my top 10 sustainable living tricks!
1. Take the Temperature of the Room!
Installing a programmable thermostat can help you track the amount of energy your home consumes. You can program the temperature according to need and save on your energy bills. In winter, you can put on a sweater instead of radiating the heat. In summer you can (if your general health condition allows) turn off your air conditioning. These kinds of measures can help reduce the amount of energy and carbon that your home consumes which also benefits your wallet.
2. Build or Renovate Wisely
One of the best ways to reduce waste is to do this from the very start! It’s more efficient to do it right the first time, as they say. Think about how to save energy while building your home. When you are renovating your home, consider the materials used, construction for natural ventilation and heating, solar panels and water heaters, good insulation, green electricity and waste recycling.
3. Buy Less!
By striving to reduce your superfluous possessions, you will buy less and produce less waste in the future. This also improves your quality of life by simplifying your daily choices, increasing the available space in your home and by saving you money.
4. Update Old Appliances!
Reduce your energy consumption: the oven, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, vacuum cleaner and other electrical appliances use resources to generate electricity that can be used elsewhere. Choosing energy-efficient appliances is the best way to make your home greener.
If you have bought an older house, there is a good chance that the dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine will consume a ton of energy. Energy Star-rated appliances use less juice thanks to improvements in design and materials. A new front-loader washing machine, for example, uses 50% less water and 1 / 3 of the energy of an older top-loader model. Highly efficient HE (front-loading) washing machines use less water, and higher capacity means less laundry loads and thus less energy consumption over time.
5. Clean Wisely!
If you can get used to using your drying machine less often, you can reduce the amount of energy your house consumes each month. The same idea applies to running the dishwasher and other large energy-sucking appliances.
6. Bank Sustainably!
Choose to use a sustainable credit card. My favorite is Treecard because it’s made out of cherry wood and they literally plant trees! 80% of their profits will go toward reforestation donations, green investments and regional development projects.
7. Get Rid of Disposable Products!
Replace disposable products with reusable ones. For example, you can replace disposable products like razors, batteries, paper coffee filters and ink cartridges with reusable or refillable products. Instead of buying water bottles, cups and paper plates every week, you can purchase reusable options that last without problems for years.
8. Meatless Monday!
The most effective way to improve your ecological footprint is to avoid or reduce animal food consumption. Compared to plant-based foods, considerable resources are required to produce animal products for food production.
9. Buy Local!
So many of the products we consume are flown or shipped in from overseas. This is such an energy waste! Shop locally and make an immediate impact in the environment while supporting those in your community.
10. Eat Natural and Whole Foods!
In short, there are several ways you can change your diet to support a sustainable lifestyle. One of the best choices for sustainability can be to eat more plants and less animal or animal products. From a sustainability perspective, processed foods consume valuable energy, but they also have cardboard and plastic packaging that generates waste. Natural foods like fruits and vegetables are more sustainable, especially if they’re in season or locally harvested. Bonus – they’re good for your health too!
These 10 tips will help you cultivate a sustainable lifestyle and set you on the path to a greener life that is healthier for you, planet and the planet. Living sustainably in the present means being aware of how to consume different aspects of one’s life, from fashion to food, choosing regenerative materials instead of disposable materials that generate excess waste, and respecting future generations with enough profile to influence the world as much as possible. It is time to play your part and leave Earth better than you found it.
If you implement one or a few helpful tips in your everyday life, you are well on the way to having a positive influence on the earth’s resources. No matter where you are on your sustainability journey, you can apply these simple tricks to live more sustainably through your daily actions. The key to reducing your carbon footprint is to limit energy consumption and consume less. By consuming less and minimizing waste, you can make your home and life much more sustainable. Instead of wasting energy, you should make small changes every day to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s all about mindset!
Let me know what you do to be more sustainable!
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