Hack your carbon footprint: Top 10 eco-friendly life hacks
While it’s become more common to prioritize being environmentally friendly, it’s still not easy being green. Consumers are constantly bombarded with lengthy shopping receipts, grocery items triple-covered in plastic, Styrofoam packaging, and piles of bottles and cans that are displaced in regular trash dumps. So how can we make adjustments to live more sustainably and make our cities cleaner? We’ve partnered with Orsted to share a few life-hacks that can help bring about a more ecologically conscious lifestyle. From recycling to carpooling, here are ten eco-life hacks to help achieve a cleaner and greener life.
- LED Light Replacement
It’s easy as 1-2-3. Replace the halogen lights throughout your home with LEDS (light-emitting dodes). This will not only curb your energy consumption, but it can also save you major bucks on your electricity bill. LEDs can also last up to 10 years, which means you won’t have to run to the store every couple of months to replace them. We call that a win, win.
- Bills, Bills, Bills
We’ve all been there. You open your mailbox and a stack of bills fall right onto your feet. Well we’ve got the perfect eco-friendly solution. Go Paperless! To do so, call your bill providers and opt-in for paperless billing. A tree will thank you!
- Running and Leaks
You’re lying in bed and you hear it: the rippling noise of the toilet, the leaking faucet dripping nonstop. You’re not alone. Running toilets and leaks contribute to thousands of gallons of water waste each year. So how do you fix it? You can research the issue and find a DIY or call your plumber. The upfront expense can eventually pay for itself and the rest of us will thank you for not wasting water.
- Reusable Shopping Bags
The next time you’re out shopping, grab a reusable bag to place your items in. Plastic bags account for a drastic amount of pollution in local waterways and public areas. Help keep your city clean and curb your single bag use all in one swoop. Some grocery stores even reward you for shopping with a reusable bag. Yay rewards!
- Stop, Drop, & Thrift!
Is thrifting the new department store shopping? It sure seems like it. Celebrities and influencers alike are hitting second hand shops for their favorite vintage looks. Instead of buying new pieces, save your money and recycle used clothes. You can find statement pieces all at a fraction of the cost – and doubtlessly with more character.
- Shop Local
Saturdays and Sundays are for Farmers Market shopping! Find a local market near you for local, organic produce. From apples and cucumbers to seasonal apple cider donuts, get organic foods for the fraction of the grocery store cost. Buying locally supports regional agriculture and dramatically cuts down on the carbon emissions caused by food shipments. Tip: Grab your reusable shopping bag before you hit the market!
- Charge your phone faster
In our modern world, it’s hard going anywhere without your phone. So, what do you do when its dying and you need a quick charge? Welcome to the ultimate eco-life hack: airplane mode. Regardless of whether you have an IPhone or an Android, this hack is for you. The next time your phone is on the verge of death, place the device on airplane mode while it’s charging, and voila, watch as your phone charges at super speed! Saves you time and uses less electricity.
- Eat Less Meat
Did you know that cutting down your meat consumption can significantly curb your eco-footprint? In fact, beef and lamb are leading contributors of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that can largely contribute to global warming. So, if you’re a meat eater, take baby steps. Try to go one day without meat. Yes, you can do it!
- Hands off that Thermostat!
Did you know that fluctuating your thermostat uses a ton of energy? Next time you’re too hot or cold, shift it one degree and save roughly one percent on your energy bill and keep your pocket happy.
- Eco-Gift Wrap Everything
Most people like to receive presents, but gift wrapping can be expensive and wasteful. Got a gift that needs some wrapping? Grab an old newspaper or magazine and use either one to wrap your next present. It’s easy to personalize the wrapping to the recipient and you can make it look classy. Everyone loves a handcrafted gift!
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