TEN simple ways to efficiently use resources, improve health and reduce waste (live green):
Increase regular fitness activities. Enjoy walking or biking to work and school. At Veristone Homes we’re always looking to integrate our developments with local trail systems and maximize access to surrounding parks and open green space. Only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of weekly exercise.
Reduce use of fossil fuels. Learn about your local public transit and ride it on a regular basis. It’s our goal to provide the facilities and connections necessary for our developments to leverage community transit. The average annual savings for those able to switch their daily commute is $9,641.
Conserve water. Use native plants in your landscaping. Native plants are hardier and survive better in the local climate. With landscaping accounting for about 50% of home water use, it’s a great way to make a positive environmental impact.
Improve your energy efficiency. Consider adding passive energy systems to your home. With advancements in solar and geothermal energy, as well as appliances you may want to retrofit your home when the time is right. A new ENERGY STAR rated refrigerator can save $165 per year.
Reduce paper waste. Take the steps to stop junk mail and use reusable shopping bags. Some actions seem small and inconsequential, but are in fact a significant way to contribute. With only 44% of junk mail getting recycled – you could make a difference. Reducing paper waste and conserving forest resources is a great start.
Reduce your personal consumption. Chart your energy and water usage and set specific goals to reduce consumption. Not only will you find ways to reduce your impact on the environment, but you will see a recognizable savings in these areas. It is not difficult to save hundreds from the average annual US household energy expense of $5,500.
Eat healthier. Start a garden and enjoy your own fresh produce. Utilizing outdoor space to grow your own food can be mentally as well as physically beneficial. It’s always a big surprise when you realize how productive a small garden can become. The average gardener spends $70 on their hobby and harvests $600 worth of food.
Become more self-reliant. Learn how to repair belongings, sewing, growing food or taking skill-building classes. When we think of recycling, it should start with not throwing away items that need a simple repair or face-lift. Recovering furniture, repairing small motors or electronics can lead to many new discoveries.
Eat more sustainably. Focus on cooking with local, sustainable foods. Not only is it a healthy option to eat more fresh (less processed) foods, but the environmental impact of reduced transportation and packaging is significant. This is also a great way to discover your local environment.
Share your awareness. Join a local sustainability community and volunteer on local sustainability projects. According to American Charities, 89% of nonprofit volunteers believe that participation leverages their ability to improve their community.