Sustainable living means living a lifestyle that uses as few resources as possible and causes the least amount of environmental damage. There are many different forms of sustainable living. The concept can apply to almost every part of daily life, from your daily commute to your weekly shopping. While it may seem overwhelming at first to make the change, there are small strides you can take to live a more sustainable life in your home:
- Replace light bulbs throughout your home. Energy-efficient LEDs or CFLs can last up to 3 times longer than conventional bulbs and save you money on electrical bills.
- Take shorter showers and install low-flow showerheads to save water.
- Turn the lights off when leaving a room. During daylight hours, avoid turning on the lights by using windows to let in natural light.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Appliances and chargers plugged into the wall can use up energy even when turned off.
- Add plants to each room. Along with improving air quality, plants are a sustainable way to decorate!
- Wash laundry in cold water. Between 80-90% of the energy used by a washing machine is to heat the water. Save energy and money by sticking to the cold cycle.
- Go paperless! Who wants junk mail anyway? Help save 100 million trees and nearly 30 billion gallons of water per year by opting for electronic delivery.
- Shut down your computer instead of leaving it on sleep.
You can also reduce waste by storing items you don’t need right away in a self-storage unit. We’re happy to chat through your options at any time.
We hope these simple ways to cut down on your carbon footprint help start your journey to a more sustainable life!