There is no doubt that the environment around us is changing. While we have progressed in terms of technology and development, unfortunately the first victim has been the natural eco-system around us. But it is still not too late and change can come from even a single household doing their bit to conserve natural resources. Which means, that even you can make that difference.
All it takes is being aware of your surroundings and the difference you make to it. Yes! Every individual makes a difference and that is known as carbon footprint. This is the sum total of all the energy expended in everyday human activities that creates greenhouse gases that affect the environment. There are several apps available online and on your Smartphone that will help you keep a track of your carbon footprint and offer you suggestions on what you can do to balance things off.
Be aware of your everyday activities—it is often instinctual to turn on lights as soon as the sun sets. But take a look around and see if you really need those lights to come on? If the room you are in does not need illumination for a specific job that you may be doing there, then hold on a bit. Use electricity only when and for as long as you really require. Many of us don’t realise that we use of lot of electricity when we leave gadgets and appliances on—if your TV and entertainment is on standby mode, or if your phone charger is plugged in and switched on, but does not have a phone, if your microwave is switched on and left that way… all of these lead to your electricity bill going up.
Recycling is also an activity that you can slowly weave into your everyday life. Remember that each time you purchase something new—it is energy expended in manufacturing, transporting and getting the product to you. Always try and figure out ways to recycle or upcycle something that you no longer need and use it once again. Milkshake bottles can turn into water bottles, old denims can turn into handbags, T-shirts can be stitched into new tops, plastic bottles can be turned into planters—the ideas are limitless and the Internet can be great resource for such ideas.
Another important element to keep track of is waste management. Whether you live in an apartment or an independent home, creating a portable compost pit or tub is quite easy. Make sure to reduce all your waste to that which can be composted and that which can be recycled—at home or in plants. A clean dustbin is a sign of a home that contributes to the environment and its health.
These are just some of the ways in which you can make a difference and lead a healthier, greener life while doing your bit for the environment.