Our job is to educate people on how they can benefit from sustainable living through a variety of methods. If you already own your home and do not have the resources to do a green remodeling project, you can still benefit from sustainable living and help the environment at the same time. Anyone can take part in some basic sustainable living tips that will pave the way to green living.
Using a Water Cistern
Water cisterns are significant parts of sustainable living, but they can be intimidating because many people have no idea what a cistern is. Simply put, a cistern is a way to capture and store rainwater. You can use the rainwater to water the garden where you plant your own vegetables, water your lawn, and even wash your car. The simplest way to create a water cistern system is to buy a barrel built to be a water cistern and put it at the end of one of your gutter downspouts. Cisterns are usually made of vinyl or plastic and have a spigot at the bottom where you can access the water. You should put your cistern on a foundation of concrete blocks to make it easier to access the water by pouring it into buckets. A simple cistern can allow you to reduce your water usage and recycle rainwater.
Create a Compost Heap
A compost heap is a pile of organic materials, such as food products, that break down and create a planting soil that is very rich in nutrients. When dinner is over, you can take your leftover potato skins and dinner vegetables and put them into an area in your yard that you set aside for composting. You can purchase something called a compost bin that will contain your organic materials and allow them to properly decompose to create the perfect potting soil for your garden. Fruits and vegetables work great in a compost heap; meats and dairy products do not.
Quick Things You Can Do
Try these other quick tricks you can use to live more sustainably:
- Sign up for online bills instead of receiving paper bills and opting out of all standard mail marketing programs.
- Plug your electronic devices into power strips with breakers on them, and then turn the strips off at night. This prevents your devices from drawing power even though they are turned off.
- Always put full loads of laundry into your washing machine to decrease the amount of water you use, and hang your clothes outside to dry.
Here are some other resources you can use to become a member of the sustainable living community:
Using Solar Power
While no one expects you to climb onto your roof to install solar panels, you can use solar power to help reduce your carbon footprint and start your path toward sustainable living. Instead of installing landscape lights that plug into an outlet, you can install lights that include their own solar panels. Devices such as flashlights and cell phone chargers can use solar energy instead of electric power, and they can help you to reduce your bills.