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7 Ways to Live Sustainably

Last updated March. 22, 2017


Living sustainably is not only smart but it also saves money and is healthier for you and your family. Surprisingly, it is not hard to do. Many believe that to live sustainably means to do without the luxuries that you have become accustomed to in your daily life.

This is not true, in fact, sustainable living simply means to use your resources more responsibly and more thoroughly. It also enables you to store up supplies and other resources for the future.

It is a smart way of living and in this world where most of the population wastes more than they consume, sustainable living helps to save and preserve our environment for future generations.

1. ENERGY CONSERVATION

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A huge way to live sustainably is to conserve excess energy use. A few simple tricks are to merely turn off lights in rooms that you are not using; and to replace your incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, which are energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs.

Other ways to conserve electricity in your home are to:

  • Invest in energy-efficient appliances
  • Open windows to allow in the fresh air rather than turn the air conditioner.
  • Invest in an air cooler instead of an air conditioner. Air coolers use considerably lower amounts of electricity and run primarily on a fan, fresh air, and water. The water used in this air cooling system is not a significant amount and will barely raise your water bill.
  • Hang clothes out to dry on a clothesline instead of running a clothes dryer.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. They help in saving energy by raising or lowering your household temperature during a certain part of the day or when you are not at home.
  • Set your thermostat’s temperature a little lower than your comfort zone in the winter and bundle up. Set it a little higher during the warmer months and wear clothing more suited for hot weather.

2. WATER CONSERVATION

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If you live in an area that requires water conservation, there are some simple tricks that you can employ in your daily routine to help save water in your area. One of the quickest ways is to switch to water-conserving bathroom fixtures such as toilets and showerheads. You can also add aerators to your faucets in your sinks.

Watch your load sizes in the washing machine. For the dishwasher, don’t wash until you have a full load. Don’t let your sink run unnecessarily. Fix leaks and leaking pipes. You can conserve water outside by fixing leaky sprinkler systems. Adjust them to water your yard and not paved areas.


3. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

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This is an important skill that everyone should know how to do, especially in this present day and age when prices are getting more expensive, economies are lowering and more and more chemicals are sneaking into the food supply. Even foods labeled “organic” are a little dubious.

The best way to get healthy, live sustainably, and to teach your children important life skills is to grow it yourself. Growing food is simple. It can be done in any sized yard or even in pots on a patio. You can grow enough food for your family in a tiny yard.

In your front yard, plant edible herbs, spices, vegetable and fruits that are cultivated into your landscaping scheme. You will be surprised how attractive many edible plants can be and you are growing beneficial plants that are an additional food source.

Another way to help your local area to remain sustainable is to buy food from local farmers, ranches, and small businesses. This helps to save on fossil fuels and helps the local economy.


4. REPAIR, REUSE, AND RE-PURPOSE

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Instead of being quick to go out and replace broken electronics, appliances, and household items, why not try to repair them instead? Most of the time a broken item can be fixed saving you money and the local trash heaps from growing sky high. If something cannot be fixed why not try to re-purposing it by making it into something else?

Many items can be re-purposed and you will love the savings in your bank account. Reuse other items. Plastic containers that come with packaged foods in the store can be re-used for several things. Glass jars can be washed to store other foods in or use them to store other items. You can also reuse plastic bags and elastic bands. Our households are full of items that can be reused several times over before throwing them away or recycling them.


5. RECYCLE

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Do this as much as you can! Recycle your bottles, jugs, and cans at recycling centers. Do away with disposable items that cannot be recycled. Another way to support the recycle movement is to buy items that carry the label “recycled materials” or “post-consumer”. This supports those companies that take the extra time to help save the environment. Maybe by supporting them, others will follow the trend.


6. WATER FROM YOUR TAP

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Drink water from the tap in your own home instead of buying bottled water. It is estimated that a million tons of water bottles are wasted each year in trash dumps and landfills. Many believe that bottled water is healthier for you than tap water. This may be true in some areas but in others the tap water is healthier because it includes fluoride which our teeth need to remain healthy.

If your tap water is hard or you think it has a bad taste, you can purchase filtering systems that will clean your water as you use it. There are areas where the tap water is contaminated and it is unwise to drink. In such areas, bottled water is needed for health. If you live in such an area, remember that you can always recycle your bottles to keep them out of landfills.


7. Transportation:

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Cars are convenient transportation. They get us to and fro with ease and we rely on their luxury every day. To live more sustainably and burn less fuel, try to use your car less. Walk or ride a bike in between local locations. Ride the bus, train, or subway system. You can also carpool with coworkers or friends.

There are many ways to live sustainably. Each one will save you money and you will be proud of the way it will make you healthier, stronger, and happier in life.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.

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