Green living is not easy at the onset. Like anything that involves change, it would require some adjustments which may be challenging to sustain at some point. The one thing you would want to avoid when you commit to a green lifestyle is to set big goals at the get go. For going green to be sustainable, you have to accept that you may have to do it little by little. To do otherwise would only make it more difficult for you to make any changes you make stick. Here are some fairly simple ideas on eco-friendly living.
Make an energy efficiency audit
This is not as complicated as it sounds. You can do it yourself by checking if your appliances are lighting are already energy efficient. If not, you may want to make the switch now. You can do it in stages or in one go. This may seem like an added cost, which it would be in the beginning. But you will thank yourself later when you begin to see how much you are saving from making the switch. Look for appliances and lighting that meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Think of it as an investment not just on future energy costs but also a step towards reducing your carbon footprint.
Create habits that support a greener lifestyle
Evaluate your current habits. What aspects of your daily life do you need to change or improve on to support a greener lifestyle? The great thing about doing this is that it presents you with several possibilities. There will always be something you can work on. It would also help you reflect on what is already working for you and what you may have to adjust to give you the desired results you want. Habits make up a big chunk of the daily things you unconsciously do. How much water and electricity are you using every day? What do you need to change to save more on these things? These are just some of the questions you may have to ask yourself.
Buy less, reuse and recycle more
Minimalism or living with less is not just a passing trend. Many have embraced it and more are beginning to appreciate its value. A minimalist lifestyle complements and supports green living. It promotes buying and owning less. It encourages making more conscious choices when purchasing items. It raises awareness on the concepts of reusing, recycling, and swapping. By applying the three principles, you become one of the people who stretch the life cycles of the things you own. You begin to cut back on the waste you throw that could potentially affect the environment. …