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Having an eco-friendly home is a must. People have been converting their homes more and more to make sure that they don’t need to consume as many resources.

 

Philadelphia is actually doing well when it comes to green living, ranked at number eight in the nation for green residential projects. In spite of this, it is troubling that the UN recently posted that the world has 12 years to reduce the impact that people are making on the environment before we face catastrophe.

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Of course, one person can’t make the change alone to save the world. But if one person turns to hundreds and hundreds turn to thousands, we're able to stop global warming one step at a time.

 

Regardless of whether you are in Philadelphia or the other side of the world, going green is no longer a choice. It should be regarded as a personal responsibility. By making simple changes to your home, you can create an eco-friendly environment that you and your kids can thrive in.

1. Be More Conscious of Light

We flip on the switch every time we enter a room. The problem is that we often forget to turn off the lights in the rooms that we leave. There’s really no need to have the lights on in rooms that we’re not using. By making the simple effort of turning off the light, you can reduce the impact that you’re making. To do even more, go through your rooms and change all the light bulbs to LED. That way you won’t have to worry about the lightbulb wasting energy when you have them turned on. Another great way to save energy when it comes to electricity is by using solar panels. You can look into the cost of solar panels to make sure that it would be in your long-term budget.

2. Recycle More

Another great way to take steps to do more for the environment is by recycling rather than throwing stuff away. When the garbage truck picks up the trash every week, we don’t really pause to think where all of it goes. We don’t consider the landfills that are filling up every day and the consequences of filling the ground with things that take thousands of years to decompose. To stop that process, find ways to recycle instead. Use products that have recyclable packaging so that the process becomes even easier. If you can, start a compost bin in your backyard and start a garden. That way you can throw away food and use it to grow your new food. Citizens in Philadelphia can recycle many different items, but items like light bulbs, plastic bags, tissues, or paper towels are not acceptable recyclables. You can find a complete list of items on Philly’s recycling guide.

3. Eat Less Meat

The meat industry is responsible for a surprising amount of pollution. There’s runoff from the farms, methane from the waste produced, and the main cause of deforestation is due to the meat industry as well. Although livestock only contributes to 18% of calories, they take up 83% of farmlands. If the land that was used for animal agriculture was used for plant growth instead, we could feed the entire population of the earth and have a chance at ending world hunger. By cutting meat (even a little bit) from your diet, you’re saving the environment the people starving.

4. Use Less Water

Of course, there’s a certain amount of water that you can’t help but use each day. But there’s a lot of water that we also waste. Sometimes, we stand in the water in the shower too long. Other times, the water is left on while we brush our teeth. By turning the water off, taking shorter showers, and taking showers instead of baths, you save a ton of water. To heat up water, you have to use gas. In order to decrease the amount of gas that you use each day, try and take showers that are just a bit colder.

5. Use Your Car Less

Your car won’t mind if it sits in the garage a bit more than usual. Rather than going out in a single car, try carpooling with other people. When that’s not available, take the bus or another form so public transportation. If you’re close enough to walk, then walk or ride a bike to reduce the number of emissions that come from transportation.

The best thing that you can do is to make constant and consistent changes to your life that will make it more eco-friendly. Get your friends, family and neighbors involved in the movement to create a more sustainable environment. With increased activism, Philly could easily rank number one for green residential projects in upcoming years!

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter. 

 

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