Today, June 5, 2017, is World Environment Day. From politics to worldwide news, climate change and environmental issues are hot topics right now. Taking steps to save the planet Earth sounds like an overwhelming, hopeless task. Pushing for leaders to make informative changes is an integral part of a long lasting solution. Encouraging people to implement small changes in daily living will also provide a large impact for caring for the environment.
Simple Ways to Help Preserve the Environment
Everyone knows change takes time. Practice implementing informative choices requires practice and discipline.
Locate your local recycling facility to learn about recycling everyday items. In some area, recyclable products may be set out to the curbside for weekly pickup. Under most circumstances, the following items may be part of your local recycling program.
- Tin cans
Other areas may host collection sites for used batteries, car oil, electronics, and printer cartridges. Reuse items, if possible. Glass containers perfect for storing other materials.
- Skip the Water Bottles
Consider investing in travel mugs or reusable water containers. Prefilling the containers prior to leaving home is also an easy way to save money.
- Use Matches or Refillable Lighters
Using matches or refillable lighters help keep throw away lighters from filling up local landfills.
- Implement Energy Saving Techniques
- Switch Your Light Bulbs: Over the past few years, the decrease in the price of energy saving light bulbs allows home and business owners to use at a fraction of the cost.
- Turn Off Appliances: Computers, appliances, radios, and other forms of electrical equipment still draw power even in sleep mode. Turning off unused household items will save energy and money.
- Turn Off Lights: When leaving a room, turn off the light as you go. The simple concept is a great way to save energy.
- Replace Old Appliances: Investing in energy efficient appliances help reduce the amount of electricity in use on a daily basis.
- Use a Clothes Line or Dryer Rack: Hanging out clothes to dry provides a fresh scent and saves energy.
- Conserve Water: Skip the bath for a shower or turn the water off while brushing your teeth are both energy saving techniques.
- Use Reusable Bags
Invest in reusable bags. Consider placing a couple of the bags in your vehicle for easy access. When you shop, forego the plastic bags and use your own.
During annual holidays or birthdays, reusable bags or small fabric totes are perfect for gifts. The receiver of the gift will be able to use the bag in the future.
- Go to the Farmer’s Market & Buy Local
Buying from farmer’s markets or other local establishments allow you to save money on transportation. Allowing you to simply take your selection and leave, most of the fresh vegetables come without any form of wrapping materials.
- Grow a Garden and More
Small gardens or container gardening may yield large amounts of fresh vegetables. If you have a large outdoor space, a quality garden may provide you with a winter’s worth of vegetables.
- Create a compost pile with leftover coffee grinds, grass clippings, food and other natural items. The compost will be a welcome addition to your garden.
- Set up bee hives to harvest honey
- Use garden boxes to simplify your garden and reduce weeds
- Plant Fruit Trees
Along with a garden, plant fruit trees. Along with yielding fresh fruit, the spring time flower buds provide a perfect opportunity to feed the bees.
- Skip the Pesticides
Pesticides to control bugs or weeds have a harmful effect on the environment. Consider implementing natural or organic options to help reduce the environmental impact.
- Invest in Home Improvements
If you are a homeowner, consider investing in energy saving options.
- Add extra insulation
- Replace outdated windows
- Put on a new roof or siding to help decrease drafts
- Schedule regular maintenance on your furnace or air conditioning unit to ensure a high-level performance at minimal energy usage.
- Use an energy efficient thermostat to manage the temperature in your home
- Use heavy curtains to help keep heat from escaping
- Consider investing in high-quality solar panels to reduce your energy usage.
Every small effort may help contribute to a larger movement. Do not be afraid to contact your local chamber or town council on recycling issues. Working together is the first step in preserving the environment.