Although many companies around the world are starting to take notice of the serious damage being done to our environment, the best place to start is on a local level. This is due to the fact that, while we are affected by outside problems, we must start at home to improve our own local health. This is true in regards to every aspect of our environment from the sun to our soil and yes, our communities can help our environment!
Everyone seems to think that they have to invest a fortune in solar energy to help where solar power is concerned. This is not exactly true. If you want to help locally where power is concerned, start at home. Below are a few ways that you can help to reduce electricity use in your home and thus reduce waste one step at a time.
These are just a few simple practices you can put into place in your home. Also, if you leave a porch light on all night, consider turning it off or switching to a motion sensing alternative. Less energy used is less money out of your pocket.
Water consumption is a serious issue around the world. As we use more water we reduce the available water in our water table. This can have serious consequences over time, resulting in drought and wildfires. Obviously, these are not things we ever wish to experience and there are ways to help stop this right at home. Every little step makes a big difference!
By putting these practices in place in your home, you’ll not only lower your water use, but you’ll also save money! With water fees rising every year, we all understand the pinch this can place on our pockets, but we seldom think of the pinch our water usage is putting on the water table. Lower usage and raise your bank balance and the water table at the same time.
The wind is something we rarely consider when we think of how we can help our environment from our own home, however, this resource has more usefulness than you think! In days gone by, people used windmills to produce energy and to cool their homes. This is still possible, though we’ve become very reliant upon other sources.
By simply purchasing two box fans and placing them in windows at opposing ends of your home, you can cool your home and bring in the fresh air. This will not only reduce your use of an air conditioner or swamp cooler but also help to freshen up your home! Stale air is unhealthy, so you’ll have the added bonus of providing a healthier home for yourself and your family as well. Simply place one box fan at one end of your home facing inward and then one at the other end facing outward. This will create a natural draw for the air and send a nice breeze through your home.
Although it won’t provide that arctic blast an air conditioner provides, it will certainly help and over time your body will become conditioned to natural temperatures again. This will result in less temperature related illnesses like colds and pneumonia (which btw can be caused by going in and out of air-conditioned spaces in the hot summer months!).
Soil preservation has many forms and purposes. From creating erosion-reducing embankments to simply reseeding your lawn, you can help in this area with a variety of methods. While it may not seem like reseeding your lawn would make a difference, you’d be surprised at the effects.
By working to create a fuller lawn, you are creating a network of grass roots that hold together the topsoil. This simple process helps to reduce wind erosion, which by the way will reduce the time you spend dusting! Although you may not notice your lawn eroding, it is if there are patches of poorly seeded grass. All of that dust and dirt is picked up by the wind and eventually settles somewhere else, usually on our counters, picture frames, and televisions.
In addition to less housework, we can gain the benefit of cleaner air. By planting grass seed, perennials, annuals, trees, and bushes we are creating a greener planet, even if it’s only our own backyard. This means more oxygen in the air, which adds up to a cleaner environment for everyone!
By taking just a few small steps at home, we have the ability to affect our entire world, even if we don’t realize it. Think of the many ways you can help to reduce energy use, improve the air, and make a healthier living space for your family, then head out and see how you can get your community actively putting these methods into their homes too! If we all work together, we can make a big impact.