We all the environment, don’t we? If we do, we have to make some changes quickly. It’s no surprise that we consume a LOT of energy every year and that number only seems to get larger and larger every year. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to conserve energy. Whether you’re fighting for the planet or are looking to save on your electric bill, these are great tips to implement in your home that won’t turn your world upside down.
Use Eco-Friendly Grocery Bags
You know those super awesome plastic bags that you can buy at the grocery store? USE THEM! It saves on waste and on plastic and paper pollution. I’ve even found these bags are sturdier than most bags offered at the grocery store check-out lines.
This is an oldie but a goodie. If you can, try to take shorter showers to save on water. If you can’t skimp on your showers, try turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth or washing the dishes when you don’t need it on. Little things here and there will add up before you know it!
If you can, solar energy is a great way to conserve energy. You’ll save on your electric bill and you may even get a tax break from the government for using solar energy!
Use Electricity Mindfully
I know this may sound a little crazy, but try unplugging your large electrical devices when you’re not using them. This is a great tip for when you’re going on vacation or going to be gone all day long. Adjust the thermostat, unplug your TVs and computers, and make sure your lights are turned off before you head out for the day.
Limit Laundry Cycles
Laundry machines use up a ton of energy. I’m talking about lots and lots of electricity. If you’re one of those people who does a bunch of micro-loads of laundry, try to wait to do your laundry when you have a full load. The same goes for the dishwasher! This isn’t always possible, but if you can swing it, it’ll make a huge difference in energy consumption.
Switch to Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
LED lights are the future, my friends. Not only do they provide better lighting and last a lot longer than regular light bulbs. They are a little pricier but they’ll make a huge difference in your energy usage and in your electrical bill. The investment is 100% worth it!
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
When you go shopping for some new appliances, make sure to do a little research before picking them out! Any appliances with the energy-star label are eco-friendly and have met energy efficiency standards. They may also come with a bigger price tag, but you’ll make it back quickly with a discounted electric bill.
Reduce Trash and Recycle
This is a huge problem when it comes to our environment. The average person throws away roughly 3-5 pounds of trash away a day. What!? If you can, try to use eco-friendly packaging and make sure you recycle aluminum, paper, and plastic. If we all do a little bit to reduce our trash usage, it will make a big difference overall.
With a few adjustments to our daily lives, we can make a big impact on our planet and on others. I know you might not be able to use eco-friendly packaging exclusively, not throw away trash for a year, or avoid taking a shower, but if we transition into using a little less, progress is possible. What are some of your favorite ways to conserve energy? Let us know in the comments below!