How eco-conscious are you? Do you pride yourself on eating all organic local produce and buying sustainable products? If you’re not, but you wish you were, don’t despair. It can be a simple process to go green. With small, easy to assimilate steps, you can build an eco-friendly lifestyle over time, incorporating as many or few as you wish. At Hytech Solar, we’re enthusiastic about being good to the earth and using green energy – that’s why we focus our energies on solar power! If you want to add more sustainable practices to your lifestyle, try these simple changes:
One of the easiest ways to make changes to your lifestyle begins with simply taking more notice. Start timing your showers to see how long you spend just standing under the spray zoning out. Notice how often you do laundry; if possible, make the shift to doing larger loads less frequently to save water.
Food is another major area to easily change. Before you put any food down the disposal, write it on a list. If you frequently throw away moldy leftovers, list them out before they get pitched. At the end of the week, the amount of wasted food may astound you, and that’s a simple fix. If you frequently throw away old leftovers, find recipes with just enough to feed your family in a meal. If you take your leftovers for lunch, upgrade to better storage containers so food doesn’t go bad before you can eat it.
Shopping for local products is one of the most beneficial ways to add more sustainable practices to your life. When products have to travel less distance to get to you, that’s truckloads of fossil fuels not emitted into the atmosphere. As a bonus, buying local products also support your local community, which will keep more money in your local economy instead of going national or global.
DIY When You Can
Part of embracing a sustainable lifestyle is knowing where your products come from and what they’re made from. In part, this ties in to buying local goods. If your clothes are made in China or Taiwan, they’ve required a lot of resources to get them to you. Sites like Pinterest and DIY blogs can be excellent resources to make things for yourself. Instead of going through a roll of paper towels a week, make yourself washable paper towels that can be used and thrown in the washing machine.
Grow a Garden
Growing all your own vegetables can be a major undertaking with a lot of planning. However, even growing a bit to supplement what you purchase can help. Spinach and lettuce grow prolifically and are generally tastier than what you can get at the store. Potatoes are also a pretty easy crop to grow, and if you store them in a cool dark place, you can make your potato crop last through the winter.
In addition to gardening, try composting. Instead of throwing away uneaten food, compost it and let it nourish your garden!
The 3 Rs
One of the most prevalent lessons for being eco-friendly in the 90s was to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to living sustainably, follow these three tenets as much as possible. Cut back when you can, especially on electricity and water use. Turn water or lights off when they aren’t actively in use. Reuse things you already have, and if you find you need to replace items to make them more sustainable, donate rather than throw away, so someone else can use your old things. Recycling should seem straightforward, but many Americans don’t follow this practice. Keep a bin or bins beside your trash can and sort your recycling out from what has to go to the landfill.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of these easier sustainable practices, add on more until you’re living as sustainably as you wish to. Bigger steps can involve purchasing an electric or hybrid car, when yours needs replacing, and switching to alternative energy sources. Call Hytech Solar today to schedule your Long Island solar panel consultation today!