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How you can help our environment

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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!

How can you help our environment by using less electricity?

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.

  1. Turn off lights when you’re not in the room
    • By turning off lights in unused rooms, you not only lower your electric bill (yay!), but you also help to reduce overall resource use in your community.  While this one simple act may not seem important, it really is and it can affect your home in huge ways.
  2. Open up curtains, natural light is awesome!
    • Opening up curtains during the day will help to let in natural light (great for Vitamin D intake!) and lower your bills (again a big yay for your wallet!).  However, I bet you didn’t even think about how the sun will help to warm your home in the colder months.  Yay for lower heating bills too!
  3. Upgrade to energy efficient light bulbs
    • By changing out the light bulbs used in your home you will, again, lower energy costs by using less energy.  Do we need to repeat the fact that you’ll lower non-renewable resource use?  Didn’t think so.

 

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.

Reducing water consumption to help our environment starts at home

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!

  • Use less water for dishes
    • By simply leaving the water off while washing dishes, you will use less water overall.  Dozens of gallons of water are wasted by leaving the tap on, so turn it off or turn it down and rinse when you’ve washed enough dishes to make it count.
  • Install water reducing shower heads
    • The reason for this option should be obvious.  By reducing the flow of the shower, we’re using less water.  We’ll still be clean, but will have wasted far less water overall and over time this will add up a LOT.
  • Install water efficient toilets
    • This option is still in debate for some folks.  While efficient toilets seem to be a great feature, some complain that they flush more after installing them, which raises the debate as to how efficient they really are.  The only solution to this is to fully research the toilet you want to install.  A quality, water efficient system, will provide the proper end result, which is to reduce the amount of water used over time by a large percentage (and this is possible with good systems).
  • Water plants just before dawn or at dusk
    • Watering your lawn or garden during the day results in far more evaporation than you would think.  Although it seems like that water is going into the ground, in reality, it is not reaching the roots efficiently, resulting in longer watering periods for less overall effect.  Water at night or in the early morning for a shorter period of time to maximize water consumption by your plants and lower your water consumption overall

 

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.

You can help our environment by trying older cooling ideasHow can I affect the wind?  How does that help our environment?

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 and how you can help our environment this way

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.

 

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Dec 28, 2016

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