Going Green: Steps Toward a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

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Living sustainably and eco-friendly living are synonyms. Much of Western culture is not based on sustainable design. As we continue to burn fossil fuels, the earth will continue to warm up. Record-breaking fires and other natural disasters will ravage the planet. There are things that each of us can do to help prevent these catastrophes.

1. What Does it Mean to be Eco Friendly  

Living eco-friendly means that you have as little impact on the natural environment as possible. You may not even realize how large the impact you have on the environment is each day. Typically, we recommend people focus on three principles when they want to transition to sustainable living.

Reduce:
It would be best if you tried to limit your consumption as much as possible. Everything that you consume each day requires something from the world. If you can reduce the amount of everything that you use, you will limit your environmental impact.

Reuse:
We tend to throw away things in our culture. You should try to reuse anything possible, so you prevent any waste.

Recycle:
If it is impossible to reuse your things, the next best choice would be to recycle. Recycling allows you to prevent throwing things into a landfill. You should reuse your waste by recycling it.

2. Eco-Friendly Benefits  

The benefits of sustainable living are numerous. If you care about the planet, then you should care about living sustainably.

Protect the Environment:
Over the last 40 years, half of the wildlife on the planet has perished. This is a tragic fact, but it is an unavoidable one. If we continue to live as we have, we will leave a planet behind that is uninhabitable. Living sustainably allows you to do your part to protect the natural environment around you.

Lower Gas Rates:
Living sustainably allows you to limit the amount of electricity and natural gas that you use. When you practice energy efficiency you are not only benefiting the environment but you are also benefiting your pocketbook. By conserving energy you will most likely see a drop in your gas rates and utility bill.

 3. Eco-Friendly Tips  

For most people, learning how to live sustainably is the most difficult at the beginning. Once you get started, it becomes more self-explanatory. After a little while, you might find it hard to believe that you ever lived in an unsustainable manner.

Smart Technology:
Smart technology can make it easy for you to automate your life. Take advantage of the ease that automation brings you by limiting the amount of electricity you use. Something as simple as a smart thermostat could help you to reduce your monthly electric bill by as much as 50%. That means you’ll be using 50% less electricity and impacting the environment much less.

Compost Heap:
Compost heaps are a great way for you to get rid of your uneaten food. It is great for the environment, and it also prevents things from being thrown into the landfill. Sometimes if you live near rural communities, you’ll find farmers willing to buy compost off of you. It can act as a great fertilizer.

Recycling:
Recycling is not that difficult. A lot of cities today even have recycling as part of the local trash service. You might need to request a recycling bin to be sent to your home first. However, even if you do not have that option in your city, you can recycle plenty of your goods. You just need to look up where the nearest recycling center is and make a trip out of it.

Green Living and You  

Green living’s not as difficult as you might think. Once you get started, you’ll feel better as well. It is worth learning how to if you care about the planet.