If people are going to sufficiently navigate the future, then we need to do something about climate change. And while much of the strides forward have to be made in the halls of power and through legislation, it’s also down to us as individuals to have a positive impact, too. If we take a look at our homes, we might find that, while we are in favor of greener moments, our properties actually contribute significantly to the problem. The good news is that it’s nearly always possible to make your home more earth-friendly. We take a look at some of the best ways below.
First thing’s first: how much energy are you actually using? Depending on the age, size of your home, and the number of people you have in your household, you might just be using much more than you realized. If this is the case, then take steps to reduce how much you’re using. Things don’t need to be plugged in when they’re not in use, and if you’ve never thought about your cold/hot air retention, then it could be that you’re wasting far more than necessary — and that will contribute to climate change (and, not to mention, a big household bill).
While it is a good start to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home, you should also think about where you’re getting that energy. Some people think that there’s only one source for everything, but this is not the case! For your electricity, look at getting a solar panel installation — it’ll harness the power of the sun, and provide renewable electricity for your home. You may also consider getting a water tank in your yard, and collecting rainwater, which you can use for most of the things you’d need water for in the home.
Your home will only be beneficial to the earth if the people inside have habits that are good for the climate! Take recycling, for example. It does take a little bit of extra time and effort to sort through your trash and put them into different bins, but it is valuable. It’ll mean that your trash that would normally be sent to the landfill can be transformed into a new item. If everyone on earth practiced recycling, there’d be a whole lot less plastic in the oceans.
In the Yard
We think of climate change as being affected by big things, such as our car and plane journeys, but our food and wider lifestyle play a big role, too. A potato that was grown with herbicides and then transported thousands of miles to your plate will have a huge carbon footprint (and won’t taste all that good). As such, why not look at setting up your own vegetable garden in your yard? They’re easier to get started (and more fun) than you might realize, and they can provide delicious and nutritious vegetables for you and your family — and it’s good for the planet!