Thursday October 17, 2019
Many serious environmentalists are choosing to live off the grid despite the difficulties involved in such a major departure from the usual way of life in the city, suburbs or even rural areas. You don’t have to go to such extremes, though, to do your part to help reverse the harm being done to the environment. By changing a few of your habits and processes of everyday life, you can make a meaningful change in the carbon footprint and allow the natural world to thrive.
Some Easy Changes that Reap Environmental Rewards
One of the most important changes everyone can make is not only simple, it saves money. That change is to reduce waste whenever possible. There are many ways this can be done, but here are a few examples we can all do.
- Trade paper towels, paper napkins and disposable diapers for cloth ones.
- Compost every scrap you can.
- Use reusable bags for groceries and other items purchased instead of plastic.
- Buy a water filter and stop buying water in plastic bottles.
- Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.
- Whenever possible, use glass instead of plastic or paper.
If we all did just these six things, the landfills would shrink instead of grow, the oceans and rivers would be cleaner, the creatures in those oceans and rivers would be safer and healthier, and we would save ourselves some money.
Some other environmentally sound things we can do are to unplug electrical devices when not in use, change to LED light bulbs and regularly clean refrigerator, dryer and furnace filters.
Keeping the house insulated can also make a difference not only to the environment but also to the comfort of the home. Proper insulation is also another money-saver because it requires the HVAC system to pump in less heat in the winter and less air conditioning in the warmer months.
Test for Leaks
Even the best insulation cannot do its maximum job if there are air leaks in the home and the windows are bare. Here are some easy-to-do tests to show you where the leaks are so you can plug them up.
- Check areas where different building materials meet outside the home. These are areas where there may be gaps.
- Check for other gaps and cracks around electrical outlets, door and window frames and spots where dryer and other such vents pass through walls.
- Hold a piece of paper in areas of suspected leaks. If there is a leak, the paper will move.
- Shut a door or window on a dollar bill. If you can easily pull out the bill, chances are good there is a leak in that area.
Along with efficient insulation, covering windows with curtains, blinds or drapes helps keep the temperature of the home even year-round. Bare windows let more hot and cold air in and compromise the efficiency of your HVAC system. Another good idea is to replace an old thermostat with an updated programmable model to get maximum functionality from your heating and cooling systems.
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