If you are increasingly concerned about the environment, you are not alone. The unfortunate reality is that many families have huge carbon footprints and contribute substantially to the pollution problem. You may not realize it, but your home is one of the most significant sources of environmental waste, energy consumption and more than your family is responsible for. By making a few changes around the house, you can promote a greener family lifestyle and take steps to protect the environment.
Invest in a Water Filtration System
Water pollution is a serious problem in many communities. Rather than making the assumption that your tap water is safe, invest in a home water filtration system. This will ensure that your family has clean drinking water. When you fill reusable water bottles with filtered water, you can eliminate your use of disposable plastic bottles.
Use Low-Flow Water Features
The availability of fresh water is an area of concern, and you can decrease your family’s water consumption by investing in low-flow features. Aerated faucets and showerheads allow you to enjoy a powerful stream of water without using so much water. This is ideal for showering, cleaning dishes and washing hands. Low-flow toilets are another option. For even more profound results, invest in rainwater storage tanks, and use the water to hydrate your lawn.
Choose Solar Energy
With a full solar panel system on your home’s roof, you may eliminate your need to pull power from the grid. This is green energy that produces no pollution. For an even greater impact, use your solar panels to recharge the battery on your electric vehicles. Investing in solar panels can be expensive. However, financing may be available, and you may notice that your monthly expenses decrease going forward. This can help you to offset the cost to purchase and install solar panels.
Many people are already recycling at home, but your family may not be participating as much as possible. If your family is not participating in a recycling program, now is the time to start. Remember that you can also recycle larger items, such as by donating unwanted furniture or finding a way to repurpose it.
Regardless of whether you have already made a few green changes around the house or you are just getting started, begin implementing these tips. Some are easier and more affordable to do than others, but they all can make a huge impact on the environment over time.