How to be Low Impact at Home
We all know about the importance of being low impact whenever possible. That’s why I’m going to give a few brief tips on being low impact in your local community and at home.
1) Purchase everything locally and try to buy organic whenever possible. More specifically, purchasing local produce saves on fuel costs and reduces your carbon footprint since it won't have to be imported from halfway across the world.
2) Opt out of using your car to drive everywhere: consider riding a bike, or carpooling with friends instead of taking your own car. There are other options, like walking (when feasible), or public transit. This will drastically reduce your carbon footprint.
3) Get solar panels installed to help out with your electrical bill. If that sounds like too much, then make sure to turn off those energy efficient lights when you aren’t using them. Even small stuff like turning out the lights can make an impact, which is even better when you consider that it helps you save money. There are a bunch of different home energy saving tips to look into if you haven’t already.
4) Use a rain barrel, or better yet, make your own. And, no. I’m not saying you need to drink the rain water (unless you have a really good water purification system.) I’m saying you can use this water for cleaning around the house or watering your plants. Also you'll want to switch over to low flow toilets.
5) Compost! Composting is a great way to create fertilizer for your backyard garden. That said, you should check out our compost bins if you haven’t already:
Sources & Further Reading
Cinga, Edvinas. “Low Impact Lifestyle - What Is It And How Can You Become Part Of It?” Huffpost, 2017, www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/edvinas-cinga/low-impact-lifestyle-what_b_16308350.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJ1akdU6bKIzrd4Rie8h33Vwc6PSpB2nfSR43YL-TXDa9pXoqgtRDFR7XhSQ67beboZvXXtgCKknVljubiiQFA18klR_IoAhhLd2em3j8mAnVw4GjfJ2ml2jUXy7aIFfXJ9TbxtZXo3n6WvuS3lbUFzpxXdpkGEZi-PawPRRAIwO.
Michaels, Wendy. “Low-Impact Living.” LoveToKnow, LoveToKnow Corp, greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Category:Low-Impact_Living.