5 Ways Your Family Can Help The Environment

It’s no secret that we need to be more aware of our energy usage and the amount of garbage and pollution we put out. Most of us don’t even realize when we are being wasteful. Making a conscious decision to improve the environment can make a big difference in your own life and the lives of others. These five simple tips will be simple enough for your whole family to implement to make an impact for years to come.

Recycle

Teaching your family to recycle can be fun and easy. It can be something as simple as sorting the paper, plastic and aluminum products into different bins and dropping them off at the local recycling center or scheduling a pickup. You can get your kids interested by making it a game or challenge, and offering rewards to the family members who recycle the most. You could also choose to set a recycling goal for the whole family and reward everyone with a weekend getaway or a picnic to the park when you reach the goal.

Turn Off The Electronics

How many times have you left the light on in the hallway all night or went to the grocery store without bothering to turn off the television? We are all guilty of doing these things, but if we stopped doing just a few of them, we could help reduce energy usage and save some some of our natural resources. Set timers on your televisions and gaming systems, wash your clothes is cold water when possible, turn off the lights when you leave a room. These simple acts can make a big difference for the environment and your energy bills.

Take Shorter Showers

Who doesn’t love a nice hot shower after a long stressful day? The truth is, we waste a lot of water in the shower and it’s mainly because we take too long. Make your best effort to get in and get out. If you are showering the right way, a shower should use less water than a bath. Realistically you could take a five minute shower and get perfectly clean. Something as simple as putting a timer next to your shower can help you cut down the time you spend in it. It’s nice to indulge in a longer one every now and then, but don’t make it a habit. Conserving water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help the environment.

Buy A Reusable Water Bottle

Who knew something so simple could make such a big difference? Millions of plastic water bottles are hauled to landfills every year and it takes a long time for that plastic to breakdown and decompose. Opting for a reusable water bottle will allow you to cut down on your own personal plastic usage and could also motivate others to do the same. There are plenty of affordable and stylish water bottles on the market. Kids will love to pick out their own. Why use plastic if you don’t have to?

Take More Walks

It’s a lot faster and easier to drive everywhere, but all these vehicles on the roads leads to a massive amount of carbon emissions that are hazardous to the environment. Choose to walk instead of drive at least twice a week and you will be doing your part to help the environment. You may also find that your mood has improved and you feel healthier. It’s also a great way to spend more time together as a family. Who can resist all these benefits?

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