There are so many things that we do without even thinking that have a detrimental impact on the environment. From the food we eat to the stuff we discard, we never stop hurting the environment, but there is another way. Although very few of us would be able to live a life that has absolutely no impact on the environment, most of us could do more to reduce our burden. Here are some of the hacks you can implement to help the environment right now:
Cut Down on Driving
This one is so obvious it hardly needs saying at all. Almost 20 percent of all emissions in the United States come from vehicles, which, on average, spit out 24 pounds of noxious carbon dioxide and other harmful gases per gallon of gas each year. By simply walking, cycling or taking public transport for shorter journeys, you can, therefore cut your carbon footprint significantly.
Pull the Plug
Many people never unplug their gadgets – they leave their cell phone charges on permanently, pout their TVs on standby when they’re not using them and their wireless router can always be connected to. Although this may be more convenient, it certainly does nothing to help their environment or their wallets when the time comes to pay the energy bills. In fact, leaving things like your TV, charger, DVR and cable plugged in, combined can add as much as $44 to your energy bill! Turn them off and everyone benefits.
Use Less Water
The typical family in the United States uses approximately 400 gallons of water each day. This is more water than some people have access to in several months! Luckily, there are several things you can do to cut down on water consumption.
First and foremost, try taking much shorter showers. Not only will you save on water use, but you’ll use less energy heating it up, which means less emissions into the atmosphere.
Next, consider installing a new toilet if yours is quite old or inefficient. Alternatively, you could put a brick in the cistern to reduce the amount of water used each time you flush.
Going off grid and using solar panels to generate your own energy reduce your carbon footprint by more than almost anything else short of living in a cave in the woods. Even when you take into account the cost of buying them and any solar panel repairs you’ll need to make over the years, it is highly likely they will save you money too. What’s not to like?
Consume Less Meat
According to a report released by the United Nations a few years ago, animal agriculture and the consumption of meat products is one of the biggest causes of environmental problems and climate change. By significantly reducing our consumption of animal products, we could also significantly reduce the impact we collectively have on the planet. You don’t have to go vegan or even vegetarian, although that would be good, you just have to make meat less of a big deal and stop having it with every meal to make a difference.
Do you have any eco-friendly hacks you would like to share?