“Humans are the stewards of this planet.” You probably heard this before. It’s quite ironic that not only do we fail in doing our responsibility, but also act as main perpetrators of Earth’s destruction. In recent years, people are becoming more aware and cooperative in making their contribution to save Mother Earth. Green technology, environment-friendly practices, organic farming, and conscientious manufacturing are making the waves, targeting and attracting consumers who want to take part in ethical, moral, and responsible consumption.
Green and ecological practices are not only employed in economic and industrial settings. In fact, more and more families are becoming serious in applying eco-friendly practices to their own homes. While relatively expensive, solar energy is steadily rising in fame as the main source of energy and electricity in houses, because of its being renewable, i.e. unlimited, and the freedom from electric bills it gives. Rainwater collection systems are being installed in residential facilities to conserve water.
These are some of the ways to make your house eco-friendly, but there are other, simpler, and less pricey options:
Unplug whatever device or appliance, and switch off lights, when they’re not in use or needed. Open those curtains and let the light and fresh air in. Cut back on Internet exposure at least one day every week. You’ll thank yourself for cutting yourself off the drama and stress brought about by social media.
A lot of water is wasted if you don’t do anything to your faucet or pipe leaks. Similarly, damaged outlets or plugs, appliances, light bulbs, and devices may cause glitches which tampers the smooth flow of electricity, making it unstable, and resulting in sudden peaks in wattage and short-circuiting.
From energy to water, to food, conservation must begin at your own home and spread to wherever you go. Every year, as much as 1.3 billion tons of food is either lost or wasted! Prepare meals that are enough for the family. Encourage your kids to not leave anything in their plate. Make something different and creative out of your left-overs, to avoid disposing of them even if they still taste and look good. If food has spoilt and needs to be disposed of, consider making your own compost pit, and produce organic fertilizer for your garden. In line with this, use available land spaces and pots for gardening. You can plant medicinal plants, herbs, spices, or vegetables (at least those that are easily managed) to make your home food-sustainable.
Be smart when conserving water. Don’t leave the faucet running while you wash the dishes or brush your teeth. Just put enough water in a glass or basin. Choose water-efficient shower bulbs and toilet systems to avoid using many gallons of water in one fell swoop. Be creative in using grey water, or water used prior for another purpose. For example, the laundry water in the washing machine can be used in cleaning and scrubbing the bathroom floors.
There are many smart-saving home accessories that you can invest in. One is a good insulation system that can store heat inside during the winters, to cut back on energy consumed on heaters. A smart meter is a recommended accessory to your A/C or heater. Smart meters can be programmed to turn on and off at specific times to prevent leaving the A/C or heater running if you ever forget to switch it off before getting out of the house.
Cleaning products, insecticides, and air sprays contain chemicals that may be irritating or harmful to human health. Worse, these chemicals may spread outside, either through your sinks and sewers, or outside of your windows, and contribute to the worsening environmental pollution. There are natural alternatives to cleaners and pest control chemicals that you can use to protect your family’s health and the environment. Specialists from Ecopure cleaning services in Jersey City recommend using a baking soda with vinegar, which is an excellent cleaner of white tiles. Citronella plant is a natural insect repellent and air freshener. There are many herbs and plants that you can place indoors. These are not just ornaments to pretty up your place, but natural air filter and freshener as well.
There are many environment enthusiasts, hobbyists, and practitioners everywhere. Some of them create groups, events, and web pages where they present their activities, products, and other programs. Be a supportive brother/sister. Buy recycled goods, DIY crafts or organic crops that they produce. Join their events and learn more about their visions and missions. Spread their good vibes and inspiring endeavors.