Do you want to help the environment? Here’s what you can do.

Taking care of the environment is, of course, extremely important. It seems like every day there is new evidence about environmental issues or information about what people can do to help. There are eco-friendly products and new ways to recycle. Even large international organizations and companies are working toward more environmentally responsible operations.

Sustainable agriculture is another facet of environmental responsibility and one with numerous benefits for the planet and the human population.

If you want to know what you can do in your daily life to help the environment, here are some suggestions.

1. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

There are many things you can do to help your house become more energy efficient. From installing weatherstripping and window coverings to help maintain the internal temperature to upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, there are large and small ways to save energy. Even just using a programmable thermostat can decrease the times your HVAC system is unnecessarily running. Not only does an energy-efficient home help the environment, it lowers your monthly utility bills.

2. Buy Local

The current food production system places an enormous strain on the environment. Shipping food all over the world requires immense quantities of fuel, not to mention the additional pollution and carbon emissions. You can help combat this by choosing locally-grown food as much as possible.

Farmer’s markets, CSAs and co-ops are all great resources for local food. The more people support local, small farmers, the more incentive there is for the inefficient and unnatural food production system to improve.

3. Compost

Choosing to compost waste instead of throwing it away offers many benefits. You can cut down on your home’s waste and landfill contributions. Compost also provides great fertilizer for a home garden. Creating a compost system is a much more natural and eco-friendly way to dispose of waste.

Additionally, it makes the whole process more mindful when you have to think about each item and whether it can be composted. You may find your habits changing to reduce waste and choose more biodegradable options.

4. Conserve Water

This may seem obvious, but there are still many people who unconsciously waste gallons of water every day. It can be lots of small daily things that add up over time: running the water while brushing your teeth, over-watering your lawn or not fixing a leaky faucet. Making the effort to conserve water greatly helps the environment and also keeps your monthly water bill low.

5. Choose Eco-Friendly Producers

Consider how much power you have as a consumer. Deliberately choosing environmentally-friendly products and companies sends a message about your priorities. The more people choose to reward environmentally responsible companies with business and revenue, the more other companies will be encouraged to make eco-friendly choices.

Supporting responsible companies also regulates supply and demand to make eco-friendly products more affordable.

6. Drive Less

Fossil fuels greatly impact the environment and contribute to pollution and global warming. You can help the environment by driving less and using more eco-friendly modes of transportation instead. Riding a bike or walking are excellent choices and provide the extra bonus of helping you stay in shape.

You can also choose public transportation. If your lifestyle requires lots of driving time, consider investing in a hybrid or electric car.

7. Learn from the Experts

A great way to learn about environmentally-friendly companies and what you can do to support them is to conduct research and listen to experts in the industry. They help companies create sustainable and affordable agriculture products and provide valuable information related to the environment and environmental responsibility.

8. Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

Any time you can reuse or recycle an item instead of throwing it away it’s a small victory for the environment. Recycling is easier than ever with drop-off centers in most towns or the option to have your recycling picked up with your weekly trash service. There are countless ideas on the internet for ways to repurpose or reuse things.

When you are ready to throw something in the trash, take a second first to think about if it can be recycled or reused. You may be surprised at how much you can reduce your household’s waste simply by taking a minute to consider other options.

Taking care of the environment is an important responsibility shared by every individual, family, and organization.

While it may seem like a monumental task, there are many things you can do in your everyday life to help take care of the planet and encourage others to do the same. From choosing to buy local food to supporting companies that also care about the environment, where you spend your money has a large impact.

You can learn about more ways to help by listening to experts. Even a seemingly small choice, such as recycling or composting, can help the environment.

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