It may sound trite, but the future really does belong to our children, and the children of each generation continuing into the future. So it makes perfect sense to do everything we can today to ensure that the future they have is bright and their environment is a stable, healthy one.
Many of the things you do in your own home can have a profound influence on the lives of future generations, so now is a great time to make positive changes in your home that your kids and grandkids will appreciate.
How Big is Your Footprint?
One of the first things you should do when striving to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle is to determine your household’s emissions from energy consumption, transportation and waste. Thewill help you determine the main areas in which your activities cause emissions of greenhouse gases and how these can be reduced.
Take Steps at Home to Create a Healthier Environment
Once you have calculated your household’s greenhouse gas emissions, you are ready to begin implementing positive changes. Here are some simple, yet helpful changes to get you started.
Look around your home and determine which lights are used most frequently. Create a game plan to start with the most commonly used light bulbs in the home, and then gradually replace all light fixtures and light bulbs with ones that bear the® label. Doing this will not only help you protect the environment, it will also lower your power bills, and result in fewer light bulbs being sent to the trash.
Two: Appliances, Electronics & HVAC
Look at your appliances, electronics and heating and cooling equipment and determine which ones are performing their duties efficiently and which ones have become energy hogs. Make a plan to replace to poor performers with ENERGY STAR® appliances as quickly as possible. Doing this will not only help you honor your commitment to leave the environment in a better condition for future generations, but it will also help you enjoy lower utility bills.
While waiting to replace some of the older, inefficient ones, find ways to make them more efficient, such as:
- Operate dishwashers, washers and dryers with only a full load.
- Eat more oven-cooked meals in winter when the extra heat helps to stabilize indoor temperatures and enjoy outdoor grilling, salads and quick-fix dishes like stir-fries when you want to limit the amount of heat that is released into the home.
- Eliminate the clutter of small appliances in your kitchen and opt to use hand-operated can openers, mixers and other tools instead.
- Unplug every appliance and electronic, including chargers, that is not in use.
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