There are plenty of ways we - as a race - are contributing to damaging the environment. And in many ways, it seems easy to put the blame on governments, populations, and corporations.
However, if we all focused on improving our daily habits at home, we could make a significant difference. And no matter what side of the climate change debate you reside in, the simple fact is that being greener in the home is going to end up cheaper.
With this in mind, here are a few bad habits you may have picked up that are costing you money, and damaging the environment.
Eliminate the Use of plastic bags
First of all, plastic bags might be convenient, but they will end up in one of two places -slowly wasting away in a junkyard somewhere, or in the sea. Plastic is a massive problem in the world’s oceans, and it’s a problem that doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. We could all make a big difference by choosing to use reusable bags for our groceries instead.
Reduce Electricity and Other Energy Utilities Use
Do you turn the lights off when you leave a room? How about letting the water run while you clean your teeth? Perhaps you leave your phone charger plugged into the mains when it isn’t actually being used? All these little things may not cost you a heap of cash - and the planet a whole bunch of resources - separately. But combine them together over the course of a year or two, and it is a frightening amount of waste. Turn things off when you aren’t using them - it’s that simple.
Compare Your Default Electricity Provider To Alternatives
Expanding on the point about energy, are you choosing the right supplier? Many new suppliers exist these days that you can select based on using low-carbon or renewable resources. Not only are they better for the planet all-around, but they will also be better for your wallet.
Switch to Natural Cleaners and Detergents
Many of the standard cleaning products you buy for doing chores around the home are packed full of damaging chemicals. Instead, you should try to use products with natural, environmentally friendly ingredients. According to Better Life, these types of cleaning products are not only better for the planet, but also the health of your kids.
Consider The Global Impact Of Your Food and Drinks
How much do you know about the food you eat at the table every day? Where did it come from, and how far has it traveled to get from the original source to your dinner plate? Some food stuffs travel thousands of miles to arrive in your local grocers, which has a massive carbon footprint. Instead, start buying from local suppliers, and eat seasonally rather than relying on imports.
As you can see, there are many areas of home life that just need a little tweak to be better for the planet, and for your bank balance. Perhaps if we all tried to take ownership of these issues, we could really start making a difference.