How to Be Greener at Home

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Being eco-friendly should not just be a trend. It should be a lifestyle for the good of every kid growing up. When today’s children become adults, they should not suffer for our lack of initiative to clean the environment.

With that in mind, you should take part in increasing your efforts to becoming more environment-friendly, even just in the comforts of your home. Aside from practising scrap metal recycling, you can add more eco-friendly practises to your household. Here are some suggestions.

Do not let the faucet drip

We often neglect this precious commodity to the point that we do not care if we are using too much of it. Often when we wash our hands, we let the water from the faucet flow instead of closing the tap because we do not want to get soap on the handle.

But according to experts, a dripping faucet would only take four and a half hours to fill up a gallon-sized container. Imagine how much water you waste every time you let your faucet run while you brush your teeth.

If you want to save the environment, you should start with conserving water. Rather than letting your faucet flow while you brush your teeth or wash your hands, simply turn it off and turn it back on again when you’re about to rinse. Take shorter showers if you can, too.

Turn off all your gadgets every night

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Living in the digital age has made it increasingly difficult for all of us to let go of our gadgets. But if you really want to help save the environment, it is important that you set your gadgets aside when you are about to sleep and turn them off.

In fact, you should make it a habit to turn off all your electronic devices when you are about to sleep. Take note that even when they are in sleep mode or idle, they still use up energy. Lesser use of electricity is always good for the environment.

Carpool or commute to and from work

Many environmentalists have been advocating this practice for a long time. Carpooling will lead to lesser carbon emissions because there will be fewer cars on the road when people ride together. If you have not done this, now’s the time to practise carpooling.

Talk to your co-workers and see if any of them lives near your house, and suggest that you all ride together to work. Or better yet, use public transportation as often as possible. Not only will it help the environment, but it will also help you save money by not spending too much and too frequently on gas.

Saving the environment is what we should all aim to do. It is not that difficult to adopt this mindset. All you have to do is think about what the future generations might face if we do not act now and do our part in cleaning up our planet. Perhaps, you will find the urge to protect the environment.