Top Tips For Living A Greener Lifestyle In 2016

green1Living a greener lifestyle has become almost ordinary these days. Everywhere we turn, there are more recycling bins present and environmentally friendly products available. And while this is wonderfully beneficial to our planet and future, it’s easy to become complacent now that it is so commonplace. So how can we strive to do more? We at Modernize would like to help you do just that! Here are our top tips for living a greener lifestyle in 2016.

Stock that refrigerator

A refrigerator and freezer that are both fully stocked are always great to have when needing to toss together a meal at the last minute. But did you know that a full fridge helps the environment, too? According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, they use far less energy to maintain their temperature when full than when they are relatively empty.

And while you’re in there, be sure to defrost your freezer and clean it up frequently. This simple task will make your refrigerator more energy efficient, too.

Travel with a lighter carbon footprint

Most of us don’t think about how much stress we are putting on our natural resources when we take a relaxing vacation, but between the jet fuel used in your flight and the excessive energy and water usage at hotels, traveling can be one of the largest carbon footprints you make in a year. A few simple ways to curb this are to choose to stay at an eco-friendly hotel or by renting a home through a vacation rental site, renting a bike and using public transportation as a way to get around once you are there, and using solar chargers for your electronics, especially when traveling abroad.

Wash in cold water

According to Energy Star, almost 90 percent of the energy used by a washer goes to simply heating up the water. Just think of all the energy you’ll save when your washer no longer needs to perform this step! Double down on your Earth consciousness by using a green laundry detergent and by hanging your clothes to dry in the sun.

Try to limit your wash cycles, too. A couple of bigger loads in a week is far better than many smaller ones when it comes to saving energy and water.

Go vegetarian…at least once a week

The livestock industry worldwide produces more greenhouse gases than all planes, trains, cars, and ships combined, accounting for almost 20 percent of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Simply choosing to eat a vegetarian diet at least once a week will drastically impact your own carbon footprint. Plus, your body will thank you for it! Vegetarians tend to have fewer reported cases of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

By examining our everyday choices and making simple changes, we all can take one step closer to helping take care of our beloved planet and ourselves.

Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel[About the author: Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel is a freelance writer for Modernize, mother of two, and lover of all things Danish modern.]

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