New Year’s through the month of January is the perfect time to reevaluate the toll your household takes on the environment every year. Household carbon emissions, pollution and energy consumption add up every year in more ways than one. They show up on your monthly utility bills, in landfills and in medical expenses. Below are the top three ways to save on more than just waste this upcoming year.
1. Use the Tap
Cutting bottled water from your shopping list can save over a thousand dollars per year spent on water consumption. Not to mention, you may as well be drinking tap water anyway since you already are. Over 25 percent of all bottled water is nothing more than tap water with a convenient container and fancy label. Along with money, you will also be reducing waste. Up to 41 percent of all discarded plastics originate as water bottles and most plastics take thousands of years to decompose. The best solution is to invest in a BPA-free hard plastic bottle, which will last you for years.
2. Ride a Bike
Transportation is the second largest source of CO2 emissions. These emissions are just as harmful to your health as they are to the environment. Which means, walking or riding a bike to work or for nearby errands will save a lot more than just total household emissions, which could be reduced by four trillion pounds. It could potentially save 1,100 lives and 7 billion dollars in healthcare costs. Using public transportation or eliminating an unnecessary second vehicle will also reduce total household CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent.
3. Use Your Own
In regards to the oil required for their production, it only takes 14 shopping bags to carry a car for a mile and over one million plastic bags are used around the world every single minute. Think about it. Investing in a re-useable canvas shopping bag is a relatively small expense and time commitment that can eliminate thousands of years of damage to the environment and show you care.