Easy Eco Friendly Resolutions for Dad
The New Year is a time for many types of resolutions so here’s something to consider. As much as we are dependent on the world around us the environment depends on how we treat it and when we let it down it lets us down.
We may not fully understand the impact of this symbiotic relationship because we are living it but the truth is our world needs our help because there are many things we do everyday which negatively affect it.
In many cases the fault can be placed on big companies which pollute but as we all know it’s the little things that count so if we all start making a few eco-friendly changes in our daily lives we can make a difference. Even the dads out there.
Yes. With minimal effort all of us busy, hard working, sleep deprived, just want to be a kid again dads can help clean up the world for our children.
How so? Here are a few areas where we can start.
Electricity is one of the wonders of creation. We see it in the sky during a thunder storm and we’ve managed to bring it into our own homes for personal use. At the same time aside from the growing but still small solar panel industry the electricity generated by people is mainly fueled by fossil fuels like coal. From the time they are mined and transported through when they are burned these leave a major mark on the world.
What must be understood is that the more electricity we use the more demand and pressure on power plants to generate enough wattage. This translates into greater pollution.
In order to limit pollution we must limit usage and there are countless ways to do this. The first is to make sure lights and machines not being used are turned off and anything digital which is left idle should be unplugged because it’s still using power.
The second is to switch all incandescent light bulbs for energy saving compact florescent lights (CFLs) or LED bulbs. As any electrician will tell you these can significantly lesson the amount of power being used even when left on all day.
From the fields of medicine to science to sports and art plastic has many positive uses but there are many non-biodegradable types that are manufactured for disposable use which are not. In fact, much of this plastic is a major source of pollution in both the earth and sea.
Knowing this ask yourself how many plastic bottles, plates, forks, knives, spoons, and cups do you go through weekly both at home, at work, and when you’re out and about? If you’ve counted one that’s a lot. Try cutting out plastic altogether and go with reusables wherever you are.
Let’s face it. We live in a consumer culture which means there’s a lot of waste. Landfills are getting bigger and more energy is being put into waste removal from towns and cities. What this all boils down to is we have to find ways to limit waste and one is to recycle. True, things that are recycled still need to be hauled away but at least they have a purpose: to be reused.
Similarly, it’s important to try and fix things or buy used whenever possible. This form of recycling also helps prevent more waste from piling up at the dump.
Finally, one of the easiest ways to be more eco-friendly is related to transportation. That’s because every time we drive our car on the road we’re creating more emissions that are harming the environment.
To counter this affect we can do a combination of the following:
- Walk whenever possible
- Drive the speed limit as it uses less gas
- Make sure your vehicle is up to standards and inquire about how to improve on that
Jakob Barry is a home improvement journalist for Networx.com. He blogs for pros across the U.S. like Oakland, CA, roofers.