Luckily, there are many small, simple steps you can take to have a greener home and reduce the size of your environmental footprint.
Rethink How You Eat Meat
Cows, pigs, and other livestock produce a lot of greenhouse gasses, which are damaging to the environment. If you currently have meat in your diet, consider reducing how much of it you consume to lessen the impact your household has on global warming.
There are tons of “meatless Monday” recipes online and vegan/vegetarian cookbooks to choose from. Use it as an excuse to try new foods and change up your cooking style and make Monday a day of the week your family look forward to.
If going meatless is not in the cards for you, consider buying organic and/or locally-raised meat when you can. The less the meat has to travel, the less harm it has on the environment. Plus, it will probably taste better, too.
Did you know that your home’s appliances continue to draw power when they’re not in use? They do, and it’s sometimes called the phantom effect.
The simplest way to save the environment — and your energy bill — is to unplug these appliances when they’re not in use. Once you do it a few times, it will start to become a habit, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner.
If you want to make a more substantive change, consider installing “green switches,” which allow you to control everything plugged into a specific room or area from one controller. You can easily kill all of the power to a room when you’re not using it, or when you’re out of the house.