Taking Steps to a More Environmentally-Friendly Home Life

Climate change is a fact, it’s manufactured, and the effects will only grow more pronounced. Although most of the harm from human activity is caused by a few major corporations, this is still an impossible situation to adapt to without individual action. To this end, more minor changes around the home can help us all play our parts to both mitigate waste and adapt to coming changes.

It’s time to try a new approach, and with the options of the modern world, these changes can be easy to implement, and highly advantageous. So while we don’t recommend jumping in with both feet without first looking, consider a slow approach, and you might be surprised to see just how much is achievable.

Learn and Work from Home

Remote learning isn’t always possible, but the benefits for the environment can be immense when it is.. Learning a language like English using a web service is one example, where online tutoring for all ages, from children to adults, is cheaper and greener. In addition, learning this way implies no travel, it often requires no extra technology, and it can be just as or more effective than learning the traditional way.

online education

The same advantages apply to work, where extra elements like paper-saving techniques can also be most easily implemented. At home, you have a lot more flexibility in making rules, and your practices can be infinitely greener than those developed by an old-fashioned company several decades ago.

Adjusting Your Home Environment

Speaking of changing your environment, there might also be untapped potential around your house available for aspects as simple as heating changes. Adjusting your home environment doesn’t mean turning your heat off and struggling in the cold, but instead adapting to slightly lower temperatures at certain times. Sleeping, for example, can be more accessible in the cold, and since you’re under the blankets anyway, a heater is wasted.

While making these changes can be accomplished manually,  some simple solutions are also made possible through smart home technology. This technology can schedule heating, lights, and cleaning and ensure that human forgetfulness is eliminated from some key energy-wasting areas. This tech has come a long way in the last few years, so it’s not as expensive as you might think.

Futuristic Smart Home

Re-Examine your Appliances

Not all home appliances are created equal and this applies most to old or outdated ones.. Before the push for greener standards, old machines around the house were often enormous energy sinks. Whether through nostalgia or simply not noticing, we can tend to keep these running longer than we should.

When making a replacement or an upgrade, be sure to check out the Energy Star ratings of the products first. An Energy Star certified system could use 25% less energy and 33% less water than a regular device for things like washing machines. Compared to much older systems, the saving can be even more pronounced.

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Individually, even the most minor changes matter. Compounded over many small changes and years, consistent efforts can make a significant difference. Whatever situation you’re in, consider which of these above changes might be right for you, and you could soon start your journey towards a greener life. It can make a difference.

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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