5 Easy Steps to be More Eco-Friendly

by Jennifer Wieland
5 easy steps to be more eco-friendly in your daily life.

Try These Eco-Friendly Tips Today

With all the buzz about the current state of our planet, people often feel helpless and discouraged, thinking there’s nothing they can do to help. However, being eco-friendly is easiest than one may think. There are many small things you can do each day to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the number of greenhouse gases that are released into the environment.

5 easy steps to be more eco-friendly in your daily life.

Rethink Your Commute

Did you know that if you cut back on how often you use your car, even by a small amount, you could reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by thousands of pounds a year? That may not seem like a lot when thinking globally, but if more people were conscious about how often they used their cars, we could cut our emissions back drastically. Instead of taking your car to the store, walk or ride a bike. Not only is it better or the environment, but it’s also better for your health. For those longer commutes, such as your daily commute to work, find a carpool buddy and take turns driving or take advantage of public transportation by using your local bus or metro system. When you do use your car, make sure you keep it in good working condition by keeping the tires properly inflated and balanced, which can increase your fuel economy and reduce the number of trips you make to the gas station for a fuel up.

Be Energy Aware at Home

Consider your energy use around the house. Do you and your family tend to leave lights, computers, or television sets on when you’re not in the room? When you leave town for a trip, do you leave all your appliances plugged in? Doing so not only raises your monthly energy bills, but it also increases your carbon footprint and can hurt the environment. Certain appliances, such as washers and dryers, microwaves, televisions, and toasters are considered vampire appliances because they suck energy from your outlets even when they aren’t on. Take a few minutes to turn off appliances when you’re not using them and unplug them when you’ll be away for an extended period of time. Check your light bulbs to see if they’re energy efficient or if you could make them more eco-friendly by upgrading to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which not only last longer, but also use less energy.

Watch Your Water Usage

It may not seem like a big deal to leave the faucet on while you’re brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or scrubbing your sink, but it can make a huge difference. Letting the water run can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day, so try to remember to turn off your faucet when it’s not needed and take shower showers, which can be huge water wasters. Another thing you can do to be more mindful of your water usage is to drink from a reusable water bottle, which cuts back on the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills. You can also opt to wash your clothes in cold water (and skip the dryer), which can drastically reduce the amount of energy output from your household. You may even want to get your community involved by sharing water-saving tips, particularly in the warmer months, which can be dry. Some communities have seen an investment into their water usage on a larger scale, thanks to the Cadiz Water Project, which takes advantage of using our groundwater to help protect the environment.

Shop Local, or Online

Years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to make a day out of loading up the family vehicle and taking a day trip to neighboring towns to go shopping. However, with the number of SUVs on the road, those day trips can actually be harmful to the environment. Instead, shop local whenever you can, which reduces the number of emissions you put into the atmosphere, and helps your local economy by supporting small businesses. If you’re looking for something you can’t find in your neighborhood, get what you need online, which almost always takes up less energy than driving from store to store in search of what you need. You may also want to consider buying things used rather than new whenever possible. Doing this cuts back on the number of usable items that end up in our landfills and can save you money over buying brand new.


Recycling seems like an obvious tip, but many people only think of recycling as throwing old cans and bottles into green bins or reuse. However, there are a number of things you can do to recycle that can help the environment. Rather than throwing out old totes, use them as grocery bags, which cuts back on the number of plastic that our grocery stores hand out. Recycle old food by making it into compost. Composting produces valuable nutrients our soil needs and can be used as garden fertilizer. We have a responsibility to take care of our planet so it’s a healthy place for our children and grandchildren to grow up. These easy tips are a few ways you can get started in making a difference today for the world tomorrow.




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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

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