How to Live More Sustainably: 3 Practices You Can Start Today

Juliet D'cruz

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About 66 percent of Americans want to lead more sustainable lives.

First things first, thumbs up for being part of these people. The need to slow the course of climate change has never been more urgent. Surface temperatures are rising, with the hottest temperature recorded in 2021.

However, it’s one thing to want to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, and it’s quite another to actually take practical steps that will lead to such a lifestyle. Most people don’t have an idea of what they should do.

If you’re wondering how to live more sustainably, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading for handy tips.

Develop a Habit of Reusing Products

We live in a consumer-centric world where reusing products isn’t fashionable. Just think about it. Have you ever thought of reusing a plastic water bottle?

Perhaps you have, but if you’re anything like most people, you’re ready to dump the bottle as soon as you’re done with the water. This is why landfills are full of plastic bags and bottles.

Reusing a non-recyclable product as much as possible is an impactful way to lead a sustainable lifestyle. Although this won’t slow down the production of non-recyclable products in the short-term, gradually the demand for these products will go down as more and more people reuse them.

While at it, make a habit of purchasing reusable products. Check out Shelf‘s sustainable living section for a comprehensive guide to reusable products.

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Use LED Bulbs

Lighting is one of the biggest power consumers in the home. Switching to LED bulbs will not only shave a substantial amount of money off your energy bill but also push you closer to your goal of having a sustainable lifestyle.

LED bulbs use 80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs. This means your household’s demand for power will reduce. This is especially a good thing if you’re using electricity generated from fossil fuels to power your home.

When there’s a reduced demand for electricity, these companies, which are the biggest polluters of the environment, won’t need to produce as much electricity as they do now.

Switch to a Renewable Source of Energy

If you’re thinking that using LED bulbs won’t have a big impact, why not switch to a renewable source of energy altogether?

You’re probably already thinking about solar power, and for good reason. Solar energy is clean and is also the fastest-growing source of renewable power in the U.S.

To switch to solar power, you need to purchase solar panels that can adequately meet your household’s power consumption needs.

Besides using solar to power your home, there are various types of solar products you can embrace. For example, there are solar generators you can carry along when going camping.

Keeping Learning How to Live More Sustainably

Climate change is the biggest threat to the well-being of our planet. If we don’t act now, it might be too late to stop it. Yet, we want to leave a better world for the generations that are to come.

Use this guide on how to live more sustainably and keep finding more ways to protect our environment. Explore our blog for more lifestyle tips and advice.

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