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At Home Tips For Conserving Our Natural Resources

By Vicki Patterson

A healthy environment can only be maintained if we learn to use our natural resources sustainably. By consuming less and conserving more, we can leave behind a healthy planet for future generations. Get inspired to make the world a better place with these environmentally friendly habits in honor of Protecting Our Natural Resources month.

Conserve Water at Home

  • Harvest Rainwater

  • Turn off faucet when brushing teeth

  • Install water efficient appliances

  • Save fuel by walking or riding your bike.

Use Less Paper

  • Switch to online bill pay.

  • Opt out of junk mail subscriptions.

  • Think before you print.

  • Recycle according to your local guidelines.

  • Subscribe to digital magazine subscriptions.

Cut Packaging and Food Waste

  • Plan your weekly meals to waste less food.

  • Only buy food on your shopping list.

  • Start a compost pile.

  • Cut down on processed foods in your cupboards.

  • Pack your lunch with reusable containers.

  • Skip fast food.

  • Reuse water bottles and plastic bags.

  • Use less straws, plastic silverware and paper plates.

  • Start or be a part of a community garden.

Use Less Electricity

  • Unplug chargers and appliances when not in use.

  • Open your windows instead of running the A/C.

  • Turn lights off before leaving your home.

  • Install timers or motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.

Use Your Space Wisely

  • Plant flowers for birds, bees and other pollinators.

  • Eat less meat, go vegetarian or vegan and shop from local farmers markets.

  • Plant a garden and harvest your own food.

  • Plant fruit trees.

Other Ways To Help

  • Find or give items to your local thrift shop.

  • Purchase products made in the USA.

  • Shop yard sales, garage sales and estate sales instead of large department stores.

  • Use sustainably sourced beauty products.

  • Buy ethically grown/harvested coffee and chocolate.

What are ways you're living sustainably? Do you have a conservation tip that we didn’t mention?

Let us know in the comments!

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