Make a resolution to keep your resolutions. Whether you’re hoping to make changes in your body (lose those 10 pounds!), your mind (finally learn Chinese!) or your home (start recycling!), begin by creating a realistic list of goals. When it comes to living a greener life, start with these three simple eco resolutions anyone can keep:
3 Eco resolutions Live Greener Life
Rethink Your Shopping Bag
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year — and the majority of them do not get recycled. Make sure reusable totes are part of each shopping trip for you and the other members of your family. Stash totes in the car and have younger family members create colorful reminders to post on the doors so you’ll see them whenever you head out. You can even have branded reusable totes.
Stop Drinking Bottled Water
According to the Environmental Working Group, every 27 hours, Americans consume enough bottled water to circle the equator with plastic bottles stacked end to end. Make sure your family is part of the solution by filling reusable water bottles with filtered tap water.
Turn Down the Thermostat
You can reduce your energy bill and save resources simply by turning down your thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours each day will help shave between 5 and 15 percent off your yearly heating bill.
The easiest way to save energy and money is to keep your thermostat at 68 degrees while you’re awake and set it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. And the whole family can get in on the energy-saving game by stopping before they raise the temperature and instead resolving to put on a sweater when chilly or curling up with a throw blanket when on the couch.
Green Yard Cleaning
While in theory the yard is typically already a green space, humans have found many ways in which to ruin an already perfect ecosystem. Instead of enhancing the natural beauty of our yards, we often buy a lot of harmful and synthetic items in the hopes that they will somehow make the yard more attractive.
Even if you have a yard that is completely covered in concrete, it can still be a space that is environmentally unsound. Too often we turn our yards into external storage spaces due to laziness.
We leave baby pools out past their prime, we don’t clean up thoroughly after parties, we leave tools and machinery out to be ruined by the elements and we don’t take care of yard furniture in a way that saves it and keeps the environment healthy as well. From toxic chemicals to general acts of ignorance, we do the environment some hefty disservice when we don’t take care of our yards properly.
The ironic thing is that people often complain about the costs incurred to maintain an environmentally healthy yard when in fact it costs a lot more to repair and salvage a yard that’s gone awry. Even if you’re not a green living fanatic, for the love of your family and the environment immediately around you, why not try our tips to making your yard clean, organized healthy and safe?
Pack it up and ship it out!
When the yard is covered in items you love but don’t use, they can become a hassles and even become environmental hazards. Some of these items collect water which, when goes stagnant can be the breeding ground for mosquitoes and other undesirables. For bigger items like yard furniture, when they go out of season, we often leave them out there in the wilderness.
How can we get rid of these items without filling up our already saturated landfills? By putting them in storage of course! There are many storage facilities that you can use to keep your yard clean, organized and good looking. Why not have a look at the services that companies offer so you can find a storage option that meets your yard and budgetary needs?
Pot it for inside and outside!
When choosing plants and flowers that you want to grow outside, instead of allowing them to suffer an untimely death during harsh seasons like the summer and winter, why not simply choose plants that can live both outdoors and indoors? By having potted plants remain in their pots you can use them to decorate your yard and patio during the months that they flourish outside.
When you would usually ignore or leave them to fend for themselves on the outside during the rough months, you can bring them indoors to keep them alive and healthy and to add some green to the inside of your home as well. Some of the best plants and flowering plants you can use for this migration are begonias, fuchsias, geraniums, caladium, coleus and tropical hibiscus.
Even better, you can use herbs as the plants for decorative purposes and then pull them in so they can serve a functional and dual purpose. Plants that best fit this bill are chives, rosemary, lemon grass and basil.