One thing that is sure to follow the new year is new year’s resolutions. These resolutions typically involve improving your life in some way that will make you healthier. However, what if you chose a resolution to help make the environment and you home healthier? It’s surprisingly easy and probably less expensive than you think. Self Storage Alice Springs has compiled some ways to follow a new year’s resolution that will save you money and keep the Earth clean for generations to come.
Certainly one of the easiest things you can do to make your home more environmentally friendly is recycle! Try keeping a separate bin beside your trash can for glass, paper, aluminum, and plastic products that can be recycled. Recycling doesn’t even have to be bagged like typical trash just make sure to rinse the bottles or cans prior to putting them in your bin.
Solar Panels are a great way to make your household more environmentally friendly. They work by capturing the light energy from the Sun and turning it into energy for your home. There are many installation and placement techniques so it is best to contact a company that can guide you in the right direction. Although Solar Panels are an upfront investment solar technology costs have lowered in the most recent years so they probably aren’t as expensive as you think. Additionally, you will save on electric costs in the long run as Solar Panels can usually produce most, if not all, of the energy for your home.
Natural Cleaning Products
When it comes to cleaning our homes, many of us take a trip down the “cleaners” aisle at the supermarket. Not only is that bad for your wallet, but also for the environment as cleaning chemicals get washed down the drain and enter our water supply. Luckily there are many natural Earth-friendly cleaners that do the job just as well without all the harsh ingredients. Vinegar, citrus, and baking soda are great alternatives to cleaning chemicals that will leave your home clean and smelling pleasant.
Each time we grocery shop and cook we are presented with great opportunities to help the environment and save money. The first way is by not buying more than you will eat which is particularly important when it comes to perishable items such as fresh produce, meat, and dairy. Over 5 million tonnes of food ends up in the landfill and the Australian government estimates that food wastes cost the economy $20 billion each year. Another way to be more environmentally friendly while shopping is by bringing your own reusable bags. A plastic bag can take 10 to 10,000 years to decompose in a landfill which is alarming due to the estimated 80 million plastic bags that are discarded each year. These bags are detrimental to sea life as well because the bags are often confused for food and once ingested the animal can starve to death.