12 Sustainable Living Ideas You Can Implement Today

Sherpa Sense:

It’s easier to live sustainably than you might think! Implement these simple ideas for living greener, spending less, and saving the planet.

Let’s Yak:

Living more sustainably is not only good for the earth and our future, but can also save your green stuff $$$! Try these ideas to reduce your impact on our world!

  1. Reduce your carbon footprint by driving less. Use public transit or carpool when possible. Have errands to run? Rather than make several trips, plan ahead and combine your trips, or better yet walk or bike.
  2. Use less energy. Turn off lights as you leave rooms, turn down the heat/ AC at night and when you leave for the day. Set your thermostat lower and wear a sweatshirt while at home, or get a ‘smart’ thermostat to do this for you. Unplug appliances you are not using or that you use infrequently i.e. printers, coffee pots, etc (Remember that even if your appliances are off, they still may be using electricity if they are left plugged in).
  3. Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs use much less electricity and many utility companies offer rebates or incentives to install them (so really there’s no downside).
  4. Turn off the water while shaving (face or legs) and while brushing teeth. Take shorter showers and install a low flow shower head. This saves water and the energy to heat the water.
  5. Run the washing machine and dishwasher only when full. Running them during off-peak hours can also reduce your utility bill.
  6. Rather than using your dryer, get a drying rack or set up clothesline. These work quite well and require no energy.
  7. During the colder months, roll up a rug and place it along the bottom of doors to reduce drafts from outside.
  8. Carry your own water bottle and bring a coffee mug to work rather than using disposable cups. This eliminates trash and keeps you hydrated.
  9. Use reusable shopping bags. Many cities are already banning the use of plastic bags, and bringing your own reusable bags is easy and reduces trash.
  10. Reuse glass jars from prepackaged food or buy reusable containers for leftover food, rather than using plastic wrap or bags.
  11. Recycle as much as possible. This is especially important for old electronics and batteries. You can also take this a step further by re-purposing or donating no longer needed items and purchasing second hand items.
  12. Last on our list is to just live more simply. Only purchase items that you really need and will use. Choose quality over quantity. Make a conscious choice to use less of everything.

Take a Hike:

With a little planning and forethought we can all live greener while saving a little of our green!  Add one or more of these living green ideas to your routine TODAY. And then implement as many as you can over the next month.

Yakety Yak:

Instead of using plastic wrap on a dish of leftovers try setting a larger plate on top of the dish or use a reusable beeswax food cover.  Help reduce the amount of micro-plastics that end up in our water and food supply.

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