The world’s population is growing, which means that we need to manage our resources more mindfully. If everyone does their part to reduce their energy usage and waste production, we can make the world a more sustainable place. It may seem easy to do green things like making compost heaps when you live in a bucolic paradise, but how can you make your home greener in a concrete jungle?
Reuse and recycle.
Make it easy to sort your trash so you can return what would be a waste to the recycling centers. It takes just a few seconds to sort between recyclable and non-recyclable waste when you have a good system in place.
To be more organized in this department, you can purchase a two-sided trash bin. Or, you can simply use a cardboard box as a disposable storage for your recyclable products. Taking out your recycling becomes even easier because you don’t have to take home any containers at all.
Reusing products that can’t be recycled is also good practice. Some plastics, like the ones used for some yogurt containers, are either difficult or impossible to recycle. However, repurposing them to serve as small seedling pods for your indoor herb garden is a good way to make the most of these items and to keep them out of landfills.
Purchase biodegradable or recyclable products.
Every purchase we make will eventually produce waste. Even when it comes to the small things, you can be conscious to choose products that are recyclable or biodegradable. For example, K-cups, Styrofoam, and baby squeeze pouches are more examples of products that are difficult to recycle. Cutting down on or finding alternatives to these purchases can help the environment.
For example, there are brands of coffee pods that use biodegradable packaging like San Francisco Bay Coffee. There are also ways to make your own baby food and package it in reusable pouches. Infantino’s Fresh Squeezed baby food maker, for instance, can be used with renewable silicone baby food pouches instead of disposable plastic pouches.
Be smart with utility usage.
Since many power sources are still coming from sustainable sources, you’re contributing to greenhouse gas emissions as you use more energy at home. Consider curbing your electricity or gas usage by using these methods.
- Turn down your heating and cooling. According to energy.gov, temperature control contributes to almost half (48%)of the typical utility bill. This means that the more you spend, the more energy is used to keep your home comfortable.
- Install thermal curtains to keep your home insulated against extreme temperatures.
- Use a programmable thermostat to keep your apartment at 78 degrees in the summer or at 72 in the winter. Programming temperatures to be higher in the summer and lower in the winter when you’re not home will also lower your energy usage.
- Change your incandescent light bulbs to LED or CFL lights to cut down on energy waste.
- If your home runs on electricity, cooking with a crockpot is more energy efficient than an oven.
Honorable mention: Tesla solar power tiles
Though orders are still being placed and the technology is still being refined, Tesla solar powered tiles hold incredible green power potential for homeowners. Be on the lookout for this upgrade that will change the topography of energy, providing everyday people with an emission-free energy source.
Making just a few adjustments to your life can make your abode in the city an environmentally-friendly zone. When we all do our part, the world will be a greener place.