Another year is upon us, and as we move forward to a brand new year, we are called upon the chance to make improvements for ourselves, our family, and the environment. Though it is true that changes can be made anytime whatever the season, there is nothing like the clean slate that is the New Year to get one going. Eco-friendly practices may be an excellent addition to your new year’s resolutions and will reap benefits not only for your health and your family, but also for the planet.
Unplug Appliances When Not in Use
Though sometimes it may be a bit of a hassle to plug and unplug appliances when they’re turned off and not in use, making unplugging a habit will be beneficial in the long run. Devices, even when turned off or put to sleep mode, consume energy when they’re plugged. Another way to save energy is to use power strips or extension blocks. This way, you can plug multiple electronic equipment in a single strip and turn off the main switch to turn off several devices at once. Energy unused is a waste, and this habit of unplugging appliances has the benefit of taking some cents, if not dollars, off the utility bill—which is an added bonus too.
Pay Bills Online
Though it is always nice to receive something in the mail, receiving bills, perhaps, is an exception. Paper and clutter can build up in thelong run, taking up precious storage space. Shredding and recycling paper could be a hassle, too. Eliminating both problems is now possible thanks to technology. Paying bills online is simple and convenient, and can be done anywhere, anytime. If you’re concerned about security, banks and other companies have several systems in place that ensure against phishing and identity theft, so you can be rest assured that your money goes where it should.
Plan “Meat-free Mondays”
The consumption of meat and poultry leaves a bigger carbon footprint than living on a vegetarian diet. Case in point, more water is used to maintain a poultry farm than a vegetable farm, and bigger patches of land are necessary for raising animals than growing crop. Of course, going completely meat-free is a drastic move. Ease into a healthier lifestyle by adapting a vegetarian practice for at least once a week. Though not limited to Mondays, meat-free days can also be a time to spend a day together with the family over cooking and good food.
Use Reusable Shopping Bags
Remember the amount of plastic and paper you have to throw away after a trip to the grocery or mall? Though packaging is part of the whole shopping experience, having to throw away plastic and brown paper bags fill up your trash bins. Minimizing the use of such packaging benefits the environment in the long run. Reusable bags are not only economical but also decorative and practical, given that they offer more space to carry your purchases.
Take a Walk or Go Biking
Walking and biking are said to be excellent forms of exercise and incorporating both into our daily lives not only add to our wellness but also minimize our carbon footprint since we don’t need to bring out the car anymore. Cars, as wonderful inventions as they are, need more energy to function and also emit more pollutants. Gasoline also makes cars more costly to maintain. Biking and running for short distances give the body a much-needed workout, clear the mind, and help reduce costs, too.