By Emily Ford
In modern times we have come to realize the damage being done to our planet, and thus our lives. Global warming is one of the most prolific topics discussed today, educating us in the ways we are damaging the earth’s protective atmosphere and harming the plants and wildlife that are so necessary to the earth’s ecology.
We now understand the importance of changing certain aspects of our lifestyles if we are to create a healthy, sustainable environment for our own families and future generations. In order to achieve this outcome, we must strive to keep the earth healthy. You may be wondering how this topic relates to you, and asking yourself, “What can I do? I’m not even sure where to start.” Here are some simple steps you can take to contribute to the earth’s safekeeping in your day-to-day life.
1. Let the sun light your way. So often we use artificial lighting during daylight hours, as well as artificial heat sources. Many times simply opening our shades and/or curtains will enable us to have more than sufficient light and add to our heat level, without even having to flip a switch to benefit from it. By utilizing this wonderful resource in its simplest manner, we will find we have contributed greatly to the cause, and we have done it in our own routine. Take advantage of this; let the sunshine in!
2. Be conscious of energy use. Take a stroll through your home and check out all of the appliances that are plugged in, prepared for use, but are not being used. Many of us think if these items are not being used they are not using energy. This is not so. Appliances that are sitting idle in stand-by are still taking energy, whether to light up the stand-by light or simply be ready when you are. This alone is cause for alarm if you desire to live a greener lifestyle.
No matter how small the power use may be, if you are not using the appliance, energy is being wasted. It may be a waste of money, but the waste of resources is the greatest concern. Go through your home or office and get a picture of exactly what is consuming energy when you are not even using it. You’ll be very surprised.
3. Keep plants in your house. Growing and maintaining plant life inside your home is a wonderful way to keep air fresh and maintain healthy oxygen levels in your home. Acting as the air filters of nature, plant life cleans the air around you and allows you to have ample oxygen for breathing, not to mention the fact that they are a beautiful addition to any decor. The elimination of harmful toxins in the air that are released by the electronic appliances and equipment we use is another benefit of keeping plants in the home. Keep your air-space its cleanest with plants such as palm trees, spider plants, Boston ferns, and others. Go online for suggestions on other plant life that is effective in keeping clean air levels maintained in your home.
4. Eliminate smoke to keep the air clean. One of the most important things one can do to maintain a clean air environment is to eliminate smoking anything in their home and other surroundings. Tobacco smoke, or smoke of any kind for that matter, is terribly dangerous to the human body, even if one is not engaging in the practice themselves. Simply breathing in the smoke of others has been proven to be just as detrimental to health as actually smoking, resulting in the same ailments for non-smokers, and may even be worse for those whose natural systems simply cannot take the toxins. Consider your own health and the health of those around you. Stop the smoke today.
5. Use energy more efficiently. Take charge of utility bills and eliminate the waste of heating and cooling by sealing up all leaks in your home, such as those at entrance/exit points, windows, etc. Methods like window insulation, caulking, and other such techniques will assist you in saving as much energy as possible.
There are companies today who provide a range of solutions to make your home more energy-efficient and help you reduce power bills.
6. Check into the use of solar power. Now days, this is an even more popular method of saving on power than when first introduced. No longer is its use a novelty, but the reality that solar power saves on energy and money has become prevalent in the thinking of individuals and families the world over. Research the various options you have regarding solar power solutions and the cost of installation. You will find an abundance of information that will assist you in making the best solar power choice for you and your home.
7. Recycle! It takes little to no effort to designate individual spots to place used cardboard/paper, plastics, glass, and any other recyclables. Landfills are full of items that can be used over and over – items that simply are not biodegradable and do not break down over the passage of time. It is vital to re-use these items for the sake of the planet, and this process starts at home; it is as simple as that.
By taking these suggestions to heart and practicing them where you live, you are no longer a part of the problem, but part of the solution. Living a greener lifestyle is literally as simple as making small changes around the home and workplace. Begin to implement these changes today. It is about small daily choices that all add up to make a big difference over time.
About the Author
Emily Ford is a regular contributor on numerous trade publications in Perth Australia. Her mission is to create awareness on sustainable home design, its exciting future and growth possibilities. Connect with her on Google +