The Benefits of Being Eco-Conscious in Your Community

March 22, 2018

The Environment. We all live in it. We’ve all heard about the changes in the climate locally and globally. We all want to help, but how?

Being eco-conscious on a personal level will not only help you, but also your community. Saving the environment can be as easy as making a few small changes to your daily life.

How?

Use reusable bags. We all grocery shop and acquire a million of those plastic bags. They are not only bad for the environment, but they also take up a lot of space in your home. You can purchase reusable bags at most grocery stores, or online through Amazon. They are also easier to store (and look a little nicer.)

Recycle. If your community doesn’t have recycling bins- then ask for them! Keep a small trashcan in your home for recyclables. When you take the garbage out you can also take your recyclables with you. Sorting them from home will make the whole process easier and more habitual. You will be surprised to see how easy recycling can be.

Use reusable containers. Instead of purchasing multiple, throwaway plastic water bottles for the fitness center, why don’t you purchase one? Investing in one reliable water bottle will not only save you money, but also save the environment. Those throw away plastic water bottles take up a lot of space in your home and don’t break down if littered around your community.

Save electricity. It’s sometimes possible to switch energy providers in your apartment. Check with your leasing office to see if this is possible. There are a lot of energy providers that are environmentally friendly (and can also save you money!). Make sure lights are turned off when you leave rooms, and also invest in energy-efficient light bulbs for your appliances. Also, be aware of your air conditioning and heat usage. Take advantage of open windows if the weather allows.

Get to know your neighbors-and carpool. Save money, gas and the environment by ride sharing. If you have a neighbor that works near you, see if you can alternate driving to work. Share a car to grocery shop. Take public transportation or ride your bike. This is not only a great solution for helping the environment, but you will also get more chances to get to know your neighborhood, and neighbors.

Making a few small changes to your daily life will highly benefit you and your community. Save money, save space, save the planet and get to know your neighbors. And continue to make your neighborhood a better place. Your small impact has a large one, believe it or not. Take time to be eco-conscious!