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Think You’re Living Green? 3 Ways to Up Your Eco-Friendly Game
When going green or to cut your carbon footprint there are many ways to start. For example, bringing reusable bags to the grocery store and buying organic when possible. They are so some of the more obvious ways to be a friend to Mother Earth.
However to more fully embrace green living, it’s important to consider other things. Like adopting some other more tried-and-true eco-conscious practices. Ones that can save you money and help in grain in you more sustainable habits. So here are several ideas to step-up your eco-friendly game. Yes folks all within the realms of driving, cooking and tech.
1. Modify Your Driving Habits
Driving a hybrid or electric vehicle isn’t the only way to go green. In fact, modifying your driving habits can help increase your car’s fuel efficiency, lower your gas consumption, and cut your vehicle’s overall carbon footprint. More specifically, you can reach and keep up a better fuel economy if you avoid speeding, rapid acceleration and immediate braking.
While not always possible, avoid carrying heavy baggage, equipment and goods in your trunk and on the roof of your vehicle. Ultimately, this will cut the overall weight of your vehicle and increase its fuel efficiency.
Finally, proper tire maintenance is the best way to ensure your vehicle reaches its full fuel efficiency potential. In that vein, make sure your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, which will increase their overall fuel economy and lifespan, as well as cut the number of tires that wind up in landfills.
2. Adopt Some Nature-Friendly Kitchen Hacks
If you recycle, use your oven during off-peak times and purchase energy-efficient appliances and fixtures. Because your eco-conscious habits are definitely on point. However, there’s always room for improvement. First, take a look beneath your sink and access your cleaning products.
Dishwashing liquids, detergents, surface cleaners and most other household cleaning supplies filled with toxic and petrochemical ingredients that can be harmful to you and the environment. With that in mind, do some research and look to buy products that are more eco-friendly.
Additionally, when possible, avoid preheating your oven, cook as many dishes as possible at any one time, and turn off the oven a little early so your meals and baking goods warm up in more residual heat. If you’re cooking or reheating something small, experts say to avoid the oven and instead use a toaster or microwave, which can cut energy costs by 80 percent.
3. Learn Some Eco-Friendly Tech Habits
With a seemingly endless supply of appliances, devices and gadgets in every room, it can be easy to lose track of how much energy your home is consuming at any one time. Thus, when possible, try to use any of these goods in standby power. Keeping electronics plugged into a power strip makes it easy to unplug multiple gadgets at one time, thereby reducing your standby power load.
Additionally, when your old TV or laptop has kicked the bucket, properly recycle these old electronics to cut your e-waste footprint. Not sure where to turn? Find nonprofit groups that specialize in recycling old electronics, give a gadget that still works, or take any old and unused items to retailers like Best Buy or Office Depot to keep any toxic substances out of landfills.
Ultimately, it Takes Some Effort to Truly Live ‘Green’
These days, buying products advertised as “green” isn’t enough to significantly cut your carbon footprint. In other words, embracing a more eco-conscious lifestyle requires some creativity and ingenuity. With that in mind, don’t just stop at your car, kitchen and/or tech gadgets. Instead, continue to look for ways to cut your carbon footprint as part of your overall lifestyle.