Environmental awareness has become more prevalent in recent years, as people become increasingly concerned with global warming, water scarcity, and the depletion of fossil fuels. Whether out of concern for the environment or a desire to save money, decreasing your impact on the earth offers numerous benefits. There are countless ways to ease your environmental impact and reduce monthly spending, simply by switching out some common products in your home for their sustainable counterparts.
1. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs: Compact fluorescent lightbulbs are considerably more energy efficient, and they can drastically cut down on the energy consumption of your home and office. Not only will it result in a cost-savings for you, saving about $57 in energy expenses per bulb, but it will allow you to reduce your environmental impact as well.
2. Biodegradable trash bags: Each year, 5.3 to 14 million tons of plastic enter the oceans and landfills of our planet, polluting the earth with ecologically harmful materials that pose a danger to wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. By switching out your regular trash bags for biodegradable trash bags, you'll be reducing landfill waste by about 2 to 3 bags per week or 100 to 150 bag per year.
3. Water-saving showerhead: It's estimated that about 0.007 percent of all water on earth is available to fuel and nourish the growing human population. With many areas of the world becoming increasingly arid and major droughts plaguing much of the U.S., water scarcity is a pressing concern. A water-saving showerhead can reduce your water consumption considerably. On average, a person uses about 6,000 gallons of water for showering each year. With the right showerhead, you can cut that number in half, saving 3,000 gallons of freshwater annually. In addition to saving water, you'll also be saving about $32.50 per year due to decreased water expenses.
4. Reusable shopping bags: We've all heard of plastic island; the large conglomeration of trash that's floating around in the ocean and has already surpassed the size of Texas. The average U.S. family uses about 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year, which, with the help of reusable bags, can be completely eliminated.
5. Recycled paper products: The global demand on paper is rapidly growing, even as technology usage increases. In fact, global demand has increased by 400 percent in just 40 years, with 35 percent of the worlds trees being cut down and milled for paper. The paper industry impacts the environment in several key ways. Deforestation impacts local ecosystems, contributes to global warming, and requires considerable energy consumption to cut, mill, and manufacture the trees. By using paper products that use recycled materials, you can make a dent in energy consumption and reduce your reliance on deforestation. With recycled tissues, toilet paper, stationary, and more, there are countless ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home.
There has long been an emphasis on going green for people and businesses alike. Going green allows a person to considerably reduce their own environmental impact, while also reducing their monthly expenses. A simple switch of your lightbulbs and showerheads can help you save a few hundred dollars per year, while also promoting healthier and more sustainable lifestyle habits.