Figuring out the best way to live a “green” life can be one of the toughest obstacles.
At times it may seem like the task is insurmountable, with new tools, life “hacks,” and tips coming out almost daily. But there are a few ways to make small changes in your life and around your home to help you get started.
Cut down on energy usage
Unplug devices when you aren’t using them. Things like TVs and computers draw energy even when they are not turned on. Unplugging even a few items around your home may help cut down on energy usage and decrease your monthly bill. Want to do even more? Adjusting your home’s temperature settings when you’re away can also cut down on energy consumption.
Try meatless Mondays
Made famous by Michael Pollen in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, reducing the amount of meat you eat is another way to live a more environmentally-friendly life. You don’t have to go full-vegan, or even vegetarian, to help. Meatless Mondays are a way to cut back on your meat consumption without entirely changing your diet. Cutting meat out of your diet for one day a week helps cut down on water usage, reduces greenhouse gases, and reduces fuel dependency — and it’s happening worldwide. Try foods like pasta, soup or salad, or substitute meat with something like mushrooms or beans in one of your favorite dishes.
DIY green cleaners
The chemicals found in many cleaning products are not only bad for the environment — they’re not great for you or your pets. For an alternative cleaning solution, try mixing one part white, distilled vinegar with three parts water. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, and is also great at combatting odors. If you can’t handle the vinegary scent, however, you can mix in your favorite essential oils to give your green cleaning solution a custom flourish.
Use eco-friendly products
Many of those always-on devices have eco-friendly settings these days, and the Airmega is no exception. In “smart eco mode,” Airmega will reduce the fan speed and power consumption when the air remains clean for 10 minutes or more. This means you can still enjoy Airmega’s smart sensing functionality without unnecessary energy consumption.