The average American is responsible for 14.95 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—the same ones that contribute to climate change!
Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to help the planet. For one thing, you can always adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
Not only will it benefit the environment, but it can also help you save money.
Interested? Looking for some eco-friendly tips? If so, you’re at the right place.
We’ll be going over a few things that you can do below. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Use LED Lighting
LEDs are one of the most energy-efficient lighting technologies available. They can produce the same amount of light as a traditional bulb while using 75% less energy.
For example, a 3-watt LED bulb can produce the same amount of light as a 25W incandescent light bulb.
Not only that, but they also last 25 times longer (most have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours). Generally speaking, that should last you several years. Incandescent bulbs, on the other hand, only last about 1,000 hours. Plus, they produce way more heat.
2. Avoid Using the Dryer
The dryer is one of the most energy-hungry appliances in the house. On average, they use between 2,000 to 6,000 watts of electricity. If you do the math, that works out to be around 24 to 72 cents per hour.
If you can, try to air dry your clothes instead. For example, you can hang your garments on a clothesline in the sun. Not only will your clothes dry quickly, but the UV rays will also help disinfect the material.
Another option is to use a drying rack. If anything, it’ll make your clothes last longer—you won’t be exposing them to high heat, after all. The rack won’t take up much space either as most are foldable, which makes them easy to store away.
3. Get Eco-Friendly Flooring
Avoid flooring that’s made from reprocessed plastic. Not only are they bad for the environment, but they can also release toxic chemicals into the air, which can contribute to indoor air pollution.
Opt for something eco-friendly instead. Some examples include cork, bamboo, rubber, linoleum, and carpet.
Hardwood is another great option, assuming that it’s sustainably harvested. For one thing, you can repurpose the wood once you’re done with it. For instance, you can turn it into a shelf, wall sign, or countertop.
Tip: COREtec produces several types of sustainable floors for those who are interested (find out more on COREtec flooring).
Adopting a Sustainable Lifestyle
As you can see, there are several things that you can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle—from using LEDs to replacing your floors. Why not do what you can to help the planet, right?
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