Green Living

As you stay home this winter, you might be inclined to fixate on necessary home improvements. Whether you want a functional home office or you’d like to invest in smart technology to keep your property secure and comfortable, it makes sense that you’d like to make your home the best it can be. But if you live in an area that’s prone to snow and other major weather patterns, you might need to start focusing on an improvement that’s a little more practical and a little less exciting: roof replacement.

A properly ventilated roof can last more than 20 years, but that doesn’t mean your property is guaranteed to be protected. When you live somewhere that’s vulnerable to hurricanes or tornadoes, you need to make sure your home is properly prepared. After all, weather plays a role in around 21% of all car crashes — but strong winds and floods can do even more damage to your domicile if you aren’t careful.

Your roof is an essential barrier that protects both structural elements and the interior possessions you hold dear. Of course, it needs to be strong — particularly if you live in a spot that experienced one of the 1,520 tornadoes that occurred in 2019 alone. But what if you also want your roof to be as eco-friendly as possible? You might care about durability, but does that mean you can’t care about the planet?

Fortunately, in this case, you can have both — as long as you choose wisely. Materials like wood shingles aren’t necessarily the best option here, as wood needs to be replaced frequently and isn’t fire-resistant. Clay and slate can be viable choices, as they’re highly durable, but they can also be expensive and may not be the right option for every type of roof.

Undeniably, one of the most attractive options for both storm-proofing and sustainability is the metal roof. The Metal Roofing Alliance reports that consumer interest in metal roofing is on the rise, particularly among homeowners living in areas prone to hurricanes. Metal roofs can often withstand winds of more than 140 miles per hour and provide additional protection against flying debris, hail, and fire. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in 2018, homes with metal roofs remained standing due to the wind resistance these roofing systems provide. And because metal roofs typically won’t lift away from the structure or leak during a hurricane, that means the structure will be far less susceptible to damage. There are also methods that can make a metal roof even more wind-resistant, such as using more clips and fasteners or changing the dimensions of the roof to accommodate a narrower width or heavier gauge.

Of course, durability isn’t the only reason to choose a metal roof. It’s also one of the most eco-friendly options available, as it’s made almost entirely out of recycled materials and can be completely recycled once it’s finally lived out its usefulness (which can be anywhere from 40 to 70 years, according to State Farm). The fact that metal roofs can last more than three times as long as traditional asphalt roofs means they’re inherently more sustainable, but the use of metal materials can promote further sustainability. It’s also a highly energy-efficient material, which means you can reduce your cooling costs and energy waste — allowing you to lead a greener life without even trying.

That said, metal roofs don’t come cheap. They’re definitely an investment, so it’s not generally recommended that you opt for a metal roof if you plan to move in the near future. But if you think of this roof replacement as a long-term investment and want to remain in your home for as long as possible, this eco-friendly material can reduce your environmental impact and keep your home protected in the event of a natural disaster.

It’s true there’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to roof replacement. But if your concerns are to stay green and to stay safe, it’s nice to know there are viable options at your disposal.

When it comes to living a more eco-friendly life, most of the advice you’ll get is about using less plastic, conserving energy, and reducing your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, that means water conservation is often left out of the picture. If you’re struggling to find ways to use less water at home, here are a few tips that can help.

Utilize Low-Flow and Low-Flush Appliances

One of the best things you can do to aid in water conservation at home is to invest in low-flow and low-flush options for your appliances. Even though 34% of recent home buyers were looking to avoid renovations with plumbing, this is one renovation that will seriously save you in the long run. Low-flow showerheads and low-flush toilets can make a world of difference when it comes to using less water in your home. If you’re a homeowner and you’re looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, this is a home improvement project you should definitely put on your list. Better yet, make it part of the bathroom remodel you were already in the middle of planning.

Turn it Off!

Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of owning our own homes. If you’re living in one of the 42.6 million rental housing units in the U.S., there’s no need to fret. There are still ways you can conserve water! One of the simplest ways to use less water in your rented apartment or home is to simply turn it off when you don’t need it. You might not be able to shut off water to your entire apartment, but it’s pretty easy to turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. In addition, consider keeping a pitcher of water in your fridge for easy access to an ice-cold beverage. Not only does it keep your water frosty, but it saves you the trouble of keeping your faucet on until the water gets as cold as you want it to be. Conserving water can really be as simple as finding ways to keep the faucet turned off throughout the day.

Install a Rain Barrel

Rain barrels might not be suitable for collecting water intended for indoor use, but they’re a boon when you have a garden that needs watering and you want to cut back on your water usage. And if you’re big on DIY projects then this is the perfect water conservation plan for you. While it’s possible to purchase a rain barrel, you can just as easily make one for yourself. All you’ll need is a barrel with a lid and an attachment for your gutters that redirects rainwater into the barrel. Once you have your barrel, cut a small hole or a few small holes in the top. This will allow water to collect in your barrel while keeping the critters out. After you’ve set up your gutters to redirect water into your barrel, simply wait for the next rain! Once enough water collects, you’ll be able to use it to keep your garden growing.

Share Your Knowledge

It feels good to know you’re contributing to a more eco-friendly environment with your actions. But keeping your knowledge to yourself can end up doing more harm than good! For instance, let’s say you love succulents. When a friend asks you how to properly water theirs, sharing your knowledge about watering every two weeks or so can help them learn to care for their plants properly. The same concept applies to water conservation. If you have knowledge and tools to help you with water conservation, chances are there’s a friend or neighbor who could use your help. Sharing your findings on social media or even at your next community meeting could help your entire neighborhood be more eco-friendly and conserve more water in the long run.

Conserving water is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to living a more eco-friendly life. But with these tips, you should be on your way in no time at all.

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If one of your goals for this year is to lessen your impact on the environment, you’re setting a great and very achievable goal for yourself. There are many small (and big) ways that you can consciously be more environmentally friendly this year. Here are a few examples of how you can start being greener today.

1. Shop Local

Making an effort to shop at small local businesses can greatly lessen your impact on the environment. When it comes to classic retail items like clothing and home goods, shopping locally will mean that the products aren’t transported long distances, and smaller businesses often have less of an environmental impact than major retailers. With food items, like fruits and vegetables, shopping locally comes with the added benefit of the food being fresher and having fewer preservatives in it. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also better for you. When you can speak with the farmers who you’re buying produce from, you can learn more about your food than you could from food transported halfway around the country (or world).

2. Compost

Composting is a great way to be more eco-friendly. Compost is made from the breakdown of organic materials, such as food scraps, and can be used as a great fertilizer for your garden. If you have the space for a compost pile, there are many great guides on what you need to start one as well as the required maintenance for one.

If you don’t have space for a full compost pile, you have a few options. There are products called compost tumblers that are space-saving and can even make the composting process easier. If you have no outdoor space, like if you live in an apartment, you may still be able to compost. In some areas, you can sign up for community compost where you get your compostable scraps picked up on a regular basis and eventually get back some of the finished, compostable product. Make sure to research the options in your area.

3. Conserve Water

Conserving water is a great way to be eco-friendly. When it comes to water conservation, there are many different actions that you can take. Here are a few examples:

    • Go Low-Flow. Low-flow versions are available for things like toilets and shower heads. So make sure that if you need to replace something that dispenses water you opt for a low-flow option.
    • Fix Your Faucet. If you have a faucet or pipe that is leaking, you could be wasting up to 90 gallons of water every day. If you notice any issues, don’t wait for them to get worse — get them fixed right away to avoid wasting more water.
    • Collect Rain Water. Collecting rain to water your garden is a great way to not use more freshwater than necessary. If you live in an area where it rains regularly, place a barrel outdoors, preferably under the spout of your gutters. This will help it collect as much water as possible during the next rainstorm. If you aren’t expecting rain for another few days, cover the barrel to ensure the water doesn’t evaporate.
    • Ditch Your Lawn. Although you may love the grass in your lawn, the grass is notorious for needing a lot of water to look as green as it’s meant to. If you find yourself having to supplement your grass with extra water, it may be time to replace it. If you want to go synthetic, one square foot of synthetic grass saves up to 55 gallons of water per year, which is a great option for areas experiencing drought. If you want to stay natural, you have many options. If you want to keep the green appearance, try clover for sunny areas and moss for shady spots. You can also plant wildflowers, ornamental grasses, or any other ground covering plant if you aren’t concerned with keeping the appearance of grass.

4. Only Buy What You’ll Use

If you want to live a lower waste life, you have to think about what you will actually use in your day to day life and what will end up sitting in a drawer for years before eventually being thrown away. This applies to all aspects of your life from clothing to food to beauty products. If you don’t have an immediate use for the item or if you already have something extremely similar, you probably don’t need whatever it is that you have. For example, if you love skincare, make sure that you only purchase products you’re going to actually use. Some pharmaceutical creams have great active ingredients, but these ingredients become inactive after some time, leaving only preservatives in as little as one year. Pay attention to everything you buy and ensure that you actually need it before bringing it home to decrease the amount of waste you produce.

5. Check Your HVAC System

Being environmentally friendly doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out modern conveniences like heating and air conditioning. Instead, it just means you should be smarter about how you’re using your HVAC system. For example, if you feel like the effectiveness of your HVAC system isn’t as good as it usually is, you should get it checked out. There could be something wrong with your system that impacts its ability to heat or cool your home, meaning you have to crank it up in order for it to work the way it used to. You should also make sure that you are being realistic in your expectations for your HVAC system to avoid turning it on too high and wasting energy. AC units, for example, need to use 20 BTU per square foot of space they cover, so you’ll have to ensure that you have a unit that is up to the job of cooling your entire space or lower your expectations of how cool your space will be.

When you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, you don’t need to completely change everything you’re doing. Instead, by implementing small changes, you can still live a greener life.

How do you lead a greener life? Let us know in the comments below!

Everyone is attempting to live more sustainably at this time, and with good reason. Climate change and other environmental issues are major problems facing not only our generation but future generations as well. Therefore, it makes sense that a number of Americans are interested in increasing their ability to live sustainably in whatever ways they can.

This is where sustainable landscaping enters the picture. There are so many advantages to landscaping your home. Landscaping simply makes your home more enjoyable and pleasing for you as a homeowner. It’s more fun to spend time outdoors if you have a nice garden to look at, or perhaps a well-groomed set of hedges. If you like a nice landscape, imagine how much other people in your neighborhood, or even potential buyers, will feel the same. Even if you don’t anticipate selling your home in the near future, you should still make an effort to ensure that your home is as appealing as possible. But unfortunately, many traditional landscaping tactics are less sustainable than they ideally would be. That’s why we’re looking into some of the best ways to landscape your home on a sustainable level.

1. Permeable Surfaces

Even though a lot of mainstream landscaping techniques are not sustainable, it’s still surprisingly easy to increase your sustainability as a homeowner with certain landscaping options. After all, a landscape is organic, and with the right amount of expertise can be manipulated. One of the best ways to ensure that your landscape is sustainable is to utilize as many permeable surfaces as possible. Permeability can help decrease rainwater runoff. Essentially, permeably surfaces cut down the issues of runoff by allowing rainwater to sink naturally into the ground. This will aid in filtration and slow the water flow into waterways and drains. Often, permeable surfaces will be covered with gravel, which is not only sustainable but very aesthetically pleasing. The point in many cases is to allow for a more sustainable patio space. Patios would traditionally be built using concrete or even tile, which is not permeable and creates runoff. Moss, peat, and mulch can also be added to the ground to essentially take the place of a concrete patio while at the same time increasing permeability.

2. Ribbon Driveways

A ribbon driveway increases the sustainability of your landscape; at the same time, it’s also much more appealing visually than the driveway space you may currently have. A lot of people feel like the only way to avoid concrete driveways is to essentially let their cars create muddy, unattractive pathways. This is actually bad for your landscape, as it will kill grass and create uneven grooves. The way ribbon driveways work is that they allow for two strips of concrete with grass in between, in some ways a natural progression from the ruts created in the ground. Essentially, the parts of the ground where the tires hit will be paved, while the grass sits between them. This allows for more permeability, while also being more visually pleasing to both homeowners and onlookers. This kind of appealing driveway can actually add value to the home. Remember that roughly 95% of all buyers of houses listed with a real estate agent move through the typical bank financing process. In order for financing to be approved, a home needs to be approved by the lender in terms of value. These types of small changes can actually make it easier for you to sell your home on several levels if you do decide to move in the future.

3. Artificial Grass

The reality is that real grass, however much you may love the look of it, sucks up a lot of water. This can be particularly concerning if you live in an area prone to droughts. For that matter, real grass can sometimes be less attractive than we would like, simply because it can dry out and become sparse and yellowed. Therefore, some people choose to invest in artificial turf. Artificial grass today is rather beautiful, and in many cases looks even better than real grass at its best. It’s also easier to care for. Artificial grass doesn’t require any watering, weeding, mowing, or fertilizing. Additionally, it doesn’t require any pesticides. In the long term, it can be an environmentally friendly choice. Your neighbor may also appreciate you installing visually pleasing artificial grass rather than struggling with real grass. Although boundary disputes take up about 17% of all real estate issues between neighbors, lots of neighbors also have disputes centered around the quality of their landscapes and how they affect the value of homes in the neighborhood.

4. Wild Gardens

There are certainly benefits to adding some wild flowers, and even some wild varieties of certain fruits and vegetables, to your landscape. Obviously, all of them will be beautiful and can add a great deal of a natural appeal to your property. Of course, you’ll also be able to benefit by being able to eat your own fruits and vegetables, forgoing some of the harmful pesticides that can affect the produce you buy in mainstream grocery stores. Another thing you should keep in mind is the fact that this type of flora is good for butterflies and bumblebees, which can pollinate them. This is especially important to consider as bees are currently experiencing a population decrease. Of course, when planting wild plants, be careful that you don’t accidentally allow the growth of harmful varieties. It’s far from impossible for something like poison ivy to crop up in a garden. Roughly 85% of Americans are allergic to poison ivy, and therefore you should be careful about these types of plants cropping up.

There are a lot of issues that you should consider in terms of making your life more sustainable in general. But if you’re careful, you can make your landscape more sustainable fairly easily. Get in touch with a professional landscaper and see the options that they might be able to offer you!

Whether you own a brand new car or one of the 40 million used cars currently on the road, it’s likely that you’re thinking about ways to make your vehicle a little bit more environmentally friendly. If you want to be a more eco-conscious driver, here are a few tips to help you do just that.

Keep Up with Routine Maintenance

Keeping up with your vehicle’s regular maintenance might not seem like the best way to go green, but the truth is that vehicle upkeep plays a bigger role than you might think in being eco-friendly. One of the simplest, yet most important pieces of maintenance you need to perform regularly is checking your tire pressure and filling your tires with air. If your tires are under-inflated, then your engine will need to work harder to get them moving up to speed. And when your car needs to work harder to get somewhere, it means you’re burning more fuel and releasing more toxins into the environment. Being a more eco-friendly car owner really can be that simple! Of course, there are other maintenance tasks you’ll need to stay on top of. Car inspections, for one thing, can help make sure that everything in your vehicle is working properly and keeping your fuel use low. And when your engine starts to struggle, it might be time to get your car off of the road. A semi engine might be designed to go 1 million miles before a rebuild, but chances are that your sedan’s engine isn’t.

Carpool When Appropriate

If you own a car and live near other people who work at the same place you do, carpool! Why take three cars on the same route to the same office when you could all fit safely into one vehicle and use less fuel? This is typically something most drivers don’t think about. Whether they like the privacy of their own vehicle or they’ve never asked any coworkers where they live, most people go to work in their own car every day. If you’re unsure about carpooling with the same people every day, start small. Carpool with coworkers one or two days every week. You could even take turns driving if one person can’t drive every day. There are almost 6,200 coworking spaces operating in the U.S. currently. Carpooling should be a simple step to take from there!

Try to Limit AC Use

While it might feel nice to have your AC blasting during the summer months when you’re driving, the truth is that you could be harming the environment. When you have the air conditioning on high for an entire car ride every day during the summer, you’re forcing your car’s electrical system to work harder. In turn, your engine needs to work harder and burns more fuel in the process. It might not be feasible to avoid AC usage entirely, but it’s important to be mindful of how often you’re using your car’s air conditioning system and that it’s well-maintained.

Going green while you own a car doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With just a few simple changes to your routine, you can be a more eco-conscious car owner!

There is a lot of wastefulness that happens during the holidays. Between unsustainably and unethically made products, unrecyclable wrapping paper, and other lavish and wasteful traditions, it’s easy to create more trash than usual. On this list are some ideas for green gift wrap as well as some eco-friendly presents to wrap up.

Offset Your Waste

Around the holidays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of wasteful decisions or actions, even if you try your best to avoid them. If you end up having to pick up gift wrap or otherwise creating unavoidable waste, make sure to offset the negative impact you’re making. The Wrap With Care initiative is offering to plant a tree when you sign up for their email list, and they’ll send you tips and tricks for eco-friendly wrapping ideas.

Ditch the Bow

For any gift you’re giving, instead of buying a wasteful and overall useless bow, you should use sprigs from your Christmas tree or another evergreen tree. It’s a pretty touch that not only will spruce up your gift but adds a nice aroma as well. You can either cut little pieces off of your Christmas tree, or you can go to your local Christmas tree vendor and ask if you can take the pieces that have fallen off of the trees. You may get some odd looks, but your presents will look beautiful.

Another eco-friendly bow alternative is dried fruit. If you buy a spray of holly berries, you can use small sprigs of it in the same way as evergreen sprigs, adding them in ribbon or attaching them to the handles of gift bags. If you have the time, you can also slice up some oranges and bake them at a low temperature for a few hours to create dried orange slices that you can use as decorations as well as gift decor.

Reuse Jewelry Boxes

IF you’re gifting someone a piece of jewelry during the holidays, you can reuse an old jewelry box to give your gift. If the piece of jewelry comes in a box, you can dress it up with some reused wrapping supplies such as ribbon or recyclable supplies like craft paper.

If you’re buying someone diamonds, which are the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth with a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, make sure you’re choosing the sustainable diamond option. Mined diamonds are not sustainable and oftentimes are harvested under unethical working conditions. Instead, opt for lab-created diamonds.

Gift Something That Doesn’t Need Wrapping

The best way to give eco-friendly wrapping is to simply not use any wrapping at all. For example, if someone in your life has been wanting to straighten their teeth and join the 20% of people who get braces each year that are over 18, you can give them that gift. You can tell them about their gift by writing them a card on recycled or biodegradable paper, or even seed paper, which can be planted to grow wildflowers. If you give them a gift you know they’ll use and have no wrapping paper, you’re creating as little waste as you possibly can.

Gift Something They Need

There are big differences between what we want and what we need. By getting someone a gift that they would have definitely purchased themselves, you could be helping them out significantly. For example, if someone is moving into a new home or apartment and needs a security system, gifting them the starting package could help them balance out the cost. 50% of intruders have revealed that even in unplanned burglaries, they would stop and leave if they noticed an alarm system. Therefore, getting a system could be extremely important. In addition, when you’re gifting something that someone will need, like a security system starter kit or another moving essential, you are saving from giving a gift that they’re never going to use that could end up becoming trash in the near future.

When you’re wrapping something awkward or bulky, a gift bag is a safe bet. However, instead of using a traditional one that has an unrecyclable plastic coating, you should use a plain brown paper bag. You can spruce it up with additions like a recycled ribbon or a splash of paint, and if your recipient doesn’t end up keeping it to reuse it, it won’t become waste.

Use What You Have

If you’re given a gift in an unrecyclable gift bag, you should keep it and use it for other gifts in the future. If you use it more than once, you’re extending the amount of time it’s spending not in a landfill.

You can also reuse things like newspaper, cool paper, magazine pages, or even your children’s drawings. You can use any paper as a wrapping paper with enough imagination, so think outside of the box to avoid creating waste.

If you want to use fabric to wrap your gifts, you can cut up old clothes that you were going to donate or use unused handkerchiefs or bandanas. There are tons of online tutorial for how to fold your fabric to create gorgeous wrapping for your presents, so take a look before you dive into cutting any fabric you want to use.

Use Tote Bags

If you don’t want to have to use a disposable bag, you can purchase an inexpensive tote bag that will fit your present in it, and it will add to your gift a little bit as well. This is a bit more expensive than a disposable bag, but your gift recipient can keep and reuse the bag in the future.

Although it’s easy to be wasteful at the holidays, trying to be conscious of your actions can be helpful in reducing the waste that you create. You can use recyclable, reused, or reusable materials to ensure that the gifts you’re giving aren’t having a negative impact on the environment.

How are you wrapping your gifts this year? Will you use any of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

There are dozens of ways you can make your home a bit greener. If you’re trying to live a more environmentally friendly home lifestyle, there are plenty of ways to make this a reality. If you’re looking for some easy tips for making your home more eco-friendly, here are some suggestions for you on how you can accomplish your goal.

Start Small

The best way to start living a more environmentally-friendly life is by starting small. What simple steps can you start to take each day that will add up more and more? For example, one way to start small is by being more intentional with your energy usage. Do you forget to turn the lights off when you leave the room? Do you unplug your belongings when you’re done using them?

Replace Windows and Doors

Similarly, approximately one-third of a home’s heating and cooling is lost through cracks in your home’s windows and doors. A relatively small step you could take would be to replace your windows and doors with more energy-efficient models. For example, according to Energy.gov, a 1-1/2 inch thick door without a window offers more than five times the insulating value of a solid wood door of the same size. Changes like these are small, but can add up in the long run.

Switch Cleaning Products

Another small step you can take to create a greener home life would be by using green cleaning products. Sales of green cleaning products have skyrocketed by 35% recently. Ensuring that you’re not spraying hazardous chemicals in your home is a sure-fire way to limit your own personal pollution levels. While they may be a bit more expensive, these products are a small way you can make a greener difference in your home.

Plant Things

While it may be a bit obvious, plants are a perfect way to make your home greener. Not only in color, but for environmental purposes as well. Though planting trees, shrubs, and flowers in your yard won’t be enough to help reverse carbon emissions, it’s another small way you can make a difference. Not only that, but 42% of those who spend time gardening at home said they felt healthy and happy. Part of having a greener home is about feeling better yourself, too. You’ll be more likely to take bigger steps towards environmental change when you feel good about the work you’re already doing. Gardening is one way to help with that.

While there are plenty more small ways you can make a difference in your home, these are good stepping stones to get you started. Living a greener home life means looking for all the ways you can limit your waste and reduce your personal carbon emissions. One way you can determine this is by calculating your own carbon footprint and then going from there.

If you’re looking for some home renovations that will reduce the carbon emissions your home produces, you’ve come to the right place. Here we will discuss some of the most common ways you can reduce your impact through home renovations and how your own personal lifestyle can contribute to carbon emissions. You can adopt any combination of these ideas into your home to live a more environmentally friendly home life. Every little bit helps!</p

Go Solar

Though on the more expensive side when it comes to options, if you’re looking to make renovations to your home, consider going solar. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average cost of solar PV panels has dropped more than 60% since 2010 and the cost of solar electric systems has dropped by 50% since that time. This means that it’s only getting cheaper and cheaper to invest in solar, and there are ample rewards for doing so. Not only does it add value to the home, but the environmental impacts are significant. If you’re able, solar systems can be a really valuable alternative to energy made from fossil fuels.

Windows and Doors

It’s very likely you haven’t replaced your windows or doors since moving into your home. However, 85% of US homes were built before 1980 and will need frequent maintenance and home improvement. That said, it’s likely your home could use some new additions. While you’re considering windows and doors, it’s worth noting that about one-third of your home’s heating escaped through cracks in your windows and doors. If you’d like to keep your energy bill lower, a good way to do that is by investing in energy-efficient windows and doors. These will help limit the amount of air that seeps through outside from your home, and thus, save you and the planet some energy usage.

Invest in Plants

Another way you can renovate your home to be more environmentally friendly is by adding landscaping to your grounds. While this won’t have enough of an impact to drastically reduce carbon emissions from the planet, as mentioned before, every little bit helps. If you’re able to plant enough vegetation on your land, it can only help balance the scales. Not only that, but of the over two million real estate agents in the United States, almost all of them would recommend adding landscaping to your home to increase return value.

Personal Changes

Other ways you can live a more environmentally friendly home life is by being cognizant of your usage and waste of things like water, energy, plastic products, and foods. Do you leave the water on while you brush your teeth? Do you save the cold water from showers while you’re waiting for the water to warm up? Do you run the dishwasher or washing machine for half-full loads? All of these things could help you save some water. Additionally, the foods we eat have a big impact on our own personal carbon footprint. If you’re interested in further seeing how you can alter your lifestyle so as to have a smaller carbon footprint, the EPA’s carbon footprint calculator can help you see where you use the most.

When it comes to living a more environmentally friendly home life, there are lots of things you can do to make a difference. The good thing is, every small action adds up. The more you do, the better you’re making the planet. Consider all the options available to you when you’re looking to make some changes around your home.