Did you know that the number of people who faced starvation rose from approximately 650 million to 810 million people in 2020? That’s a rise of 160 million souls suffering from starvation in just a year. And scientists forecast those numbers will continue to increase as global warming changes the face of our planet. To combat these changes, we must first start with well-tested approaches. We’ll begin with the things we know: how to conserve food, water, and energy. When you’re ready to discover simple steps that you can take every day to conserve essential supplies, so you can be part of the solution, read on.
How to Conserve Energy
If you want to learn how to live a more sustainable life, start with your energy. Did you know that you can save up to $150 a year just by properly running your programmable thermostat? That’s not just money in your pocket.
That’s also energy that can be used for more important things than keeping your house cool while you’re at work. If you install multiple outlet strips, they make it easier to turn all your devices off with one click. Also avoid using the oven when your microwave, grill, or toaster will do.
Also, consider installing ceiling fans for the warm summer heat. They’ll give you the freedom to raise your thermostat setting about 4 degrees without changing your comfort level.
How to Conserve Water
If you want to learn how to be more sustainable, you can’t forget about water. As global warming continues to evaporate our lakes and rivers at an ever greater rate, potable water continues to grow in scarcity. That’s why it’s imperative that you shut off the water when it’s not in use.
That means you turn off the tap while you brush your teeth and shave. Try to limit your showers to five minutes or less and take showers instead of baths. Baths use more water.
And don’t forget about the leaks. You could be losing tens of gallons a day, depending on the size of the leak. The 10,000 gallons of water that can be lost to households in a few years’ time could wash over 270 loads of laundry.
How to Conserve Food
The effects of food conservation are a little easier to see firsthand. Sure, some folks buy the best solar panels and set up their own indoor or outdoor garden at home. But most folks must buy their food from a farmer’s market or grocery store.
So, the first rule of the conservationist is “buy only what you’ll eat.” We live in a society with an overabundance of food, so it’s up to us to determine when enough is enough. Is that food you bought going to land in your gut or in the garbage.
Avoid food spoilage by splitting up foods. Some produce ethylene gas as they ripen.
- Green onions
Keep these items away from other foods in your refrigerator. Also, be sure to mark all items that you store in your fridge with dates to help you better determine their freshness value.
Now that you better understand a few tricks to conserve food, water, and electricity, it’s time to put them into practice. Tomorrow, start with the recommendations for saving electricity. The following day, try the water-saving tips and finish with the food-saving tricks the following day.
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