While we are waiting for the great powers of Earth to find a common solution to tackle the environmental problems, we can certainly start doing something to improve the future of our species. Here are 10 “green” daily gestures we can do to safeguard the Planet.
1. Reduce water consumption
Water is a precious commodity and in everyday life, we really waste a lot of it. Not letting tap water run unless strictly necessary, using washing machines and dishwashers with full loads, and replacing leaking pipes or taps are just some of the ways to save it.
2. Reduce electricity consumption
A world without electricity seems impossible to us, but with a few small tricks, we can save money and protect the environment. For example, by purchasing top-class appliances, unplugging unused appliances, turning off the light every time you leave a room, and using energy-saving light bulbs. In addition to not wasting energy, it is important to produce clean energy, and the best way currently available is a photovoltaic system connected to a storage battery, because we are able to self-produce the energy we need without ruining the environment, thus creating a better future. cleaner and with huge economic savings.
3. Optimize heating/air conditioning
Avoid keeping the heating of your home at a temperature above 18 – 21 °C (64 – 70 °F) during winter or below 25 °C (77 °F) during summer. Replace old windows to improve energy efficiency (and save money). Heat pumps, for example, are an excellent solution for saving energy. Use a smart heating system when possible. It allows you to automatically control the temperature in your space at any time of the day, or change your temperature settings remotely via an app.
4. Reduce your fossil fuel car usage
When possible, leave the car at home and take public transport or, if distances allow it, use a bicycle or walk. We would do something for the environment and we would also gain in health. The new electric cars are changing the car landscape, especially thanks to the perspective of recharging your vehicle directly with photovoltaic panels even at home.
5. Reduce meat and fish consumption
Intensive farming has a very strong impact on the environment. A varied diet, consisting mainly of fruit, vegetables, and vegetable proteins (especially if at 0 km) is good for the body but also for the Earth that hosts us.
6. Recycle, when possible
Sorting waste, and trying to recycle as much as possible, is one of the nodes of the question. Avoiding waste, unnecessary packaging, not using plastic plates and cutlery, and reusing everything that can be reused, are small gestures that can do more than we imagine.
7. Shop smartly
Always with a view to reducing waste as much as possible, especially plastic ones, the advice is to use canvas bags for daily shopping and, when possible, buy detergents on tap and bulk products.
8. Use recycled paper
Although the use of paper has significantly reduced in recent years, a lot of it is still wasted. Preferably use recycled paper, do not print emails or other documents unless strictly necessary.
9. Purchase certified wood furniture
Environmental sustainability also passes through furniture. Furnishing the house with FSC-certified wooden furniture, that is, from forests managed with respect for the environment, is another small useful contribution to the cause.
10. Buy ecological cosmetics and detergents
Another concrete help comes from the choice of products for cleaning the body and the house. Use eco-bio detergents and cosmetics, without parabens and other toxic substances.