We might think that as individuals there isn’t much left that we could do to help the planet we live in. With Earth Day coming up, we would like to share 10 things you can do at home that will make an impact on the environment and help the earth.
- Switch to energy-efficient lighting: Replace incandescent lighting with energy-efficient LEDs. LEDs use up to 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. Meaning that they don't need to be replaced as frequently. This reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, which is particularly important given that traditional bulbs contain toxic materials like mercury that can harm the environment.
- Unplug electronics when not in use: Electronics and appliances consume energy even when they're turned off. Unplug them when not in use or use power strips that can be turned off to prevent "vampire" energy use.
- Use natural light: Instead of turning on the lights during the day, open curtains and blinds to let in natural light.
- Adjust your thermostat: Lowering your thermostat by just one degree can reduce your energy consumption by up to 5%. In the winter, try to keep your thermostat at 68°F (20°C) or lower, and in the summer, keep it at 78°F (26°C) or higher.
- Use a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust your home's temperature based on your schedule, so you use less energy when you're not at home.
- Seal air leaks: Inspect your home for air leaks, such as gaps around doors and windows, and seal them with caulk or weather-stripping.
- Plant trees and shrubs: Planting trees and shrubs around your home can provide shade, which can reduce your air conditioning needs and lower your energy bills.
- Use energy-efficient appliances: When it's time to replace appliances, choose energy-efficient models. Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label.
- Use a clothesline: Instead of using a dryer, hang your clothes on a clothesline to dry. This can save a significant amount of energy.
- Reduce water use: Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth and take shorter showers to reduce water use. Fix any leaky faucets to prevent wasting water.
These are just a few examples of ways to save energy and help the earth at home. There are many other steps you can take, and small changes can add up to make a big difference.