There are tons of things you can do inside your own house to help out the environment. Your kitchen may be one of the most important places to start. Not only can you have a positive impact on the world, you can also gain some health benefits and save some money as well.
Plant your own garden. One of the best things you can do is to grow some of your own food. Tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, onions, and many other foods can easily be grown in your own back yard. Not only is it good for the planet, you’ll be getting exercise, fresh air, and the feeling of accomplishment when you cook dinner with food that you grew yourself. If you don’t have a big yard, or you live in an apartment, you can still grow veggies out on your patio. You can also grow a large assortment of herbs inside.
Throw out the incandescent light bulbs. Start replacing your light bulbs with CFL or LED lights. They cost a bit more initially, but last much longer and are 75 percent more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. In the end, you’ll be saving money.
Get a reusable water bottle. More than 22 billion empty plastic water bottles are thrown away every year in America. Getting a reusable water bottle will help cut this number down drastically, and will save you money on buying the disposable plastic ones.
Find a local farmers market. The fruits and vegetables that you find at a local market are much fresher, and taste better because of it. According to the National Resources Defense Council, most products found in big name grocery stores have to travel an average of 1,500 miles before they reach the store to be sold. Buying fruits and veggies from a local market not only cuts back on greenhouse gas pollution, it helps support your local farmers.
Keep it reusable. Try to limit your use of paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware. Don’t use them at all if possible. Use real dishes, silverware, and glasses. It only takes a few minutes to do the dishes and you’ll end up saving money, and reducing the amount of trash that ends up in landfills.
Conserve water. There are many simple things that you can do to limit your use of water without even noticing. When you run the dishwasher, make sure it’s full. Don’t wash a few spoons and a bowl. Don’t pour excess water down the drain, give it to your house plants instead. You can have a water efficient faucet installed that will reduce water flow by up to 50 percent.
Eat at home more often. When you go out and get fast food, you end up with bags, boxes, cups, and all kinds of different containers that end up being thrown away. Cooking at home more often is a healthier and more Eco-friendly option, which will also save you on gas.
These are just some of the ways you can make your kitchen and eating habits greener. There are many creative ways that you can do even more. Don’t think that what you do doesn’t matter. Even doing one or two of the suggestions will have an impact.