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If you’ve been thinking of taking on the challenge of living a more eco-friendly life — congratulations! You’re joining a movement that’s changing the world for the better. For centuries, we’ve polluted our planet without thinking about tomorrow, but now we’re fighting back with small changes that collectively make a big difference. These changes might be hard at first, but soon enough they’ll become second nature and you’ll wonder how you ever lived any other way.
1. Don’t waste water:
In the United States, we currently use more than 230 gallons of water a day. For many people, this number isn’t nearly enough to meet their needs. That’s why making small changes to your lifestyle can go a long way towards reducing global warming emissions and saving water at the same time.
2. Take shorter showers:
The average shower lasts 11 minutes in the United States, but that number is often much higher for many people — particularly if they take longer showers or let the hot water run for hours before taking one themselves. You can save over two gallons of water for every minute you shorten your shower.
3. Install a low flow shower head:
By installing a low flow shower head, you can save almost seven gallons of water per minute. Before you run out and spend your hard-earned money on one though, be sure to check with your local government to see if they have any rebates available — many areas have programs that will pay for the installation of low flow shower heads in exchange for a commitment to use less water in the future.
4. Don’t wash a full load of laundry:
The average American family consumes around 160 gallons of water per week. If you’re flush with water, consider cutting back by washing only as much as you need. Many studies have shown that, while this may seem wasteful at first, in the long run it saves both money and water.
5. Don’t use the dishwasher:
Dishwashers use tremendous amounts of water — approximately 55 gallons per cycle — and they don’t dry things very thoroughly. Saving just a single gallon of water per cycle will have an immediate impact on your overall usage pattern and help reduce global warming emissions at the same time.
6. Compost your food scraps:
Food scraps can be used to generate compost, which can then be used to grow more food. Composting not only saves water, but it reduces the amount of energy needed for every kilogram of food that we grow, which lowers our carbon footprint even further.
7. Replace your shower curtain:
If you wash your shower curtain frequently or in hot water, use a mesh or fabric curtain instead — they use 10-30% less water and are reusable.
8. Make your own laundry detergent:
Most fabric softeners use about 10 gallons of water per load, and most liquid detergents require about two gallons of water to produce one gallon of soap. Making your own laundry detergent from scratch cuts the amount of water used by almost 70%.
9. Install a clothesline:
By not hanging clothes to dry outdoors, you’ll save about five gallons of water for every load you dry. If you want to be really careful, consider using a drying rack (the one that hangs over the back of your garden shed is an especially good idea!) — they only use around four gallons per load.
10. Plant drought-tolerant plants in your yard:
Drought-tolerant plants don’t require as much water as other plants do, which helps to reduce the amount of water you use on a daily basis.
11. Water your lawn only when it needs it:
Lawns can be watered several times a week, but they don’t require this much water to grow properly — in many cases, twice a week is enough. Cutting back on watering can save up to 20% of your bill each month.
12. Change the way you cook:
Traditional cooking methods use a lot of energy — while newer methods are even worse — and they also produce a tremendous amount of global warming emissions each year. To reduce your carbon footprint, try to cook only when you need to, and use methods that don’t require as much energy — electric cooking is often a good choice.
13. Eat less meat:
Many meat-based meals require large amounts of energy to produce, and can produce up to four times the global warming emissions that plant-based foods do. Most scientists agree that eating less meat is an excellent way to reduce your personal carbon footprint.
14. Buy in bulk:
Plastic containers and bags make up a significant portion of household garbage — many people have trouble getting them out of their homes because they are so prevalent.
If you already have an eco-friendly lifestyle going, great! If not, don’t worry — it’s easy to turn your life around. There are lots of small changes you can make that will make a big difference.
Until next time, stay green!