Sustainable Tips: Small Steps with Big Impact
The emergency of climate change has made us realise the importance of living a sustainable life. Exploring how to be more mindful of nature has become one of everyone’s most agitating concerns. Are you also worried about the future?
Joining Coorest might be a good start. By reducing your carbon footprint, you are helping save biodiversity. What’s more, you will be conserving wildlife, and enhancing sustainable development.
Having said that, obtaining one or two trees is not enough to make up for our behaviour. We should, instead, rethink what we do in terms of sustainability on a daily basis. Over-consuming our natural resources is not getting us anywhere near the solution.
We here at Coorest value sustainability. That is why the aim of this article is to introduce you to some simple, but effective tips, on how to live more sustainably.
Optimise your energy consumption by using renewable resources
There are so many alternatives when it comes to over-consumption of energy. You too can make great use of some that we will mention in the text.
Use renewable energy options, such as solar panels. We do understand that they might require vast amounts of investment for the initial installation. But, the best part is that they will operate at a lower cost. Turns out, the use of solar panels is actually financially more sustainable over time. It is also important to point out that the cost of sustainable energy technologies has diminished. As a matter of fact, it is likely to decline even more in the long term.
Invest in sustainable appliances for your house
The energy-efficient devices might cost you more at the beginning. But energy-consuming machines will have a far greater negative impact on the quality of human life. It is probably worth the investment to replace them with green ones.
Also, some home appliances can be very inefficient. The best examples are water and air heaters, washing machines, light bulbs, drying machines, and refrigerators. All of them have more sustainable alternatives.
- Look for the energy stars in your washing machine: the more stars, the better. Ideally, you should have more than three stars in order to improve energy efficiency.
- Consider changing your car to an electronic one.
- Change the regular light bulbs with LED lights. They are known to consume less and provide more. Don’t forget to turn it off when you don’t need it. We have reached a point where every little thing matters.
- If you are about to buy a new machine, there’s no harm in looking for a greener substitute. Since you are investing anyway, make a good choice that will be practical for you and the world.
Beware when consuming electricity
- Imagine a cold winter night. You feel cold, and you wear layers of your recyclable clothes. You use a blanket, instead of turning on the heating knob. Using the same logic, why not wear fewer clothes in summer? Maybe then we won’t have to leave the AC running the entire day.
- Instead of using an oven, you can use a microwave. It seems like these handy devices use far less power and natural gas.
- Do you also unplug the cords of unused devices? Even switching off the energy strips would make a difference. There is no point in keeping these power suckers on. You don’t want them to use the energy they do not need anyway.
- Do not overuse air and water heating, use more cold water. It’s healthier for your immune system, too.
- Here is one more great idea on how to use renewable resources. Have you ever tried drying your clothes in the wind? Who needs a washing machine dryer when nature is so beautifully generous.
- Make use of sunlight. It is innate to humans to turn on the lights when not needed. We also tend to keep them on even if we are not in the room.
- Opting for reusable filters has many advantages. As you get to clean the dirty filters that clog the system, your devices will use less energy to function better.
Less waste, more life
Even though water is the first source of life, 1 in 10 people have no access to safe water and sanitation. As if that is not tragic enough, millions of people are in a state of massive starvation. Unlike energy, water is a finite resource. Over-consuming the water, only adds up to the risk of having a global water crisis.
- Rationalise your consumption. Use only the amount you need when washing the dishes, cleaning, showering, cooking, eating, and drinking. Always use a limited amount of water (i.e. Use a pan of water when cleaning fruits and vegetables).
- Only eat what you need. Try to conserve food and reduce your water footprint.
- Plant in your garden. The houseplants will improve your concentration and productivity. The plants are also known to sweeten your mood and make you feel better. But, do not use the nitrogen-based fertilisers. You can opt for a watering can instead. You should always know where your food comes from.
- Do not use toxic home products.
- Buy a dishwasher. It will consume less water than you do.
- Take shorter showers and turn off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving.
Use public facilities
Gathering all our footprints in one place can be a good idea to help us reduce emissions. This can be done by using public facilities. That way, we will minimise the negative impact on the environment. The electricity that we will consume all together, in one place, will be used all at once.
- Use public transportation more often instead of your own car, whenever possible. Or better, ride a bike instead.
- Use public car washing, it will not waste water as much as you do.
- Wash your clothes in the public laundry, but make sure it is safe and clean.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
This principle is crucial for a healthy life. By reducing your waste, reusing what can be reused, and recycling as much as possible, you will save money, energy, and natural resources.
- If you made a mistake and cooked more than what you need, then give the rest of it to someone in need. It is always better to use extra food than waste it. You can also turn it into compost and apply it as a fertiliser in your garden.
- Replace plastic and toilet paper with recyclable elements. Make sure your shopping list contains recyclable items that are not bad for the environment.
- Your clothes should be eco-friendly, animal friendly and recyclable.
- Dispose of the rubbish in the appropriate bin. Don’t ever litter in the streets, forests, toilets, and oceans. Always use the dustbin. Categorise the waste according to the recyclability and the litter decomposition duration.
- Donate, give or sell away the clothes you do not need.
There are many other ways for us to become more sustainable
Be kind to nature and our planet. Our actions matter and they all carry a powerful message to future generations. You can support the green transition by reading more about what we do. We here at Coorest help people minimise their carbon footprint. We also preach the health of nature, by spreading the word about living a more sustainable life.
Mother Nature has been taking care of us for so many centuries. Do you also think it is high time for us to pay back the generosity?
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