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Small Steps to going green

C Jenkinson | 11 August, 2021

            Small Steps to going green

Sometimes, it's the little things that make a difference - especially if a lot of people implement them! If you want to add in some small steps to make your life a little greener, here are some suggestions. 

  1. Carpool or ride a bike

If you have a commute to work or school, see if you can combine vehicle use with a neighbor or friend. It's not a huge step, but it's one less car on the road that morning.  We also recommend using a bike, we like cargo bikes because you can carry lots in  them. 

  1. Recycle

If you are looking for ways to go green and you are not recycling, this is the small step to start with. It is not a huge lifestyle adjustment to set up a couple of bins and plan regular trips to the recycling plant - or, hopefully, you can set your recycling out for the local waste management to pick up. 

  1. Lights

Turn off lights when you're not in a room. When you can, use daylight for reading and eating, and when it's dark use a single lamp - preferably with a CFL bulb.

  1. Errands

Try to combine errands in one trip so you use less fuel. The carpool and bike principle can be applied here, too. 

  1. Water

While water is abundant on the planet, clean, safe drinking water is not. Try to conserve this precious resource with some small steps. For example:

* Do not flush liquid waste every time you use the toilet. Flush after two or three liquid waste toilet visits.

* Pre-rinse dishes in a pan or sink of water (rather than under running water), then load the dishwasher. Also, running the dishwasher only when it's full can help save water as well.

* Wash your car as infrequently as you can, and when you do, turn the hose off while you soap up and scrub the car. 

  1. Heating and Cooling

Turn down your thermostat at night and when you leave the house. Even better, install a programmable timer - it's simpler than you think and is still considered a small step. Make sure your furnace filters are changed regularly, and use fans as much as possible in the summer. 

  1. Food

Cut back on meat where you can - since we're talking small steps, maybe have one meatless meal a week or three meatless meals one day a week. Commercially-raised meat is said to have a negative impact on the environment, so the less you eat, the lower the demand, and the fewer animals raised for slaughter. 

Make the switch to local and organic food. Maybe choose one food to start with, such as apples or carrots. 

As you implement these small steps, you and many others like you can have a significant, positive impact on the environment.

Eat all your food and just buy what you need, so much food is wasted and if we just get what we need and plan better, it is amazing what difference this could make to our pockets and the planet.