Earth Day falls on April 22 and it’s a good time to start thinking about our impact on the environment.. Although there’s one day of the year where we celebrate Earth Day, there are things we can do every day to help make a positive impact on the earth. From switching to LED light bulbs, investing in eco-friendly window treatments and changing to reusable garbage bags, here are 5 easy home and lifestyle changes you can make with the environment in mind.
1. Switch to LED Light Bulbs
A simple and effective way to reduce your energy bill as well as your environmental impact is to replace all your current light bulbs with LED bulbs. LEDs, especially ENERGY STAR rated bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. They also emit less heat, which saves even more energy.
2. Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat allows you to monitor and control your cooling and heating systems. It makes your home more eco-friendly and reduces the cost of your utility bills. You can easily schedule your thermostat to run less while you’re out for the day or on vacation, so you’ll only use energy to heat or cool your home when you’re in it.
3. Invest in Quality Window Treatments
Window treatments such as blinds and curtains are an effective way to make your home more energy efficient. Bare windows let heat and cool air in, even if they’re sealed shut. One of the highest areas of energy loss in the home is through windows, so using eco-friendly window treatments for your home is an effective way to reduce energy loss. And if you’re in the market for new windows, aluminum frames are durable, efficient and sustainable. Honeycomb shades, draperies, shutters and roller shades are all great, eco-friendly window treatment choices. Also consider natural, eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, wood, jute and grasses.
4. Do an Earth Day Clean Up
There are often a number of Earth Day cleanup groups you can join in your neighbourhood. Check Facebook and Google to find groups in your area, or, if you prefer, you don’t need to join a group at all. Head to your local park, beach or even just along your neighbourhood streets and pick up any litter. Grab some gloves, a waste receptacle and a trash picker and bring along some family members and friends for an Earth Day clean up. Better yet, make a lifestyle change out of it and head out every weekend to do a trash pickup around your area.
5. Reduce Your Single Use Plastics
Another simple change that can make a big impact is reducing your single use plastics such as plastic shopping bags, water bottles and straws. Start using reusable bags every time you go grocery shopping, invest in glass or metal straws and buy a refillable water bottle. Although these items cost more money up front, you’ll get tons of use out of them, plus they’re better quality and help you make a positive impact on the environment. Even better if these products are made from recycled plastic or other recycled materials!