As we enter not only a new year, but a new decade, we have a perfect opportunity to make the lifestyle changes needed to feel at peace with our impact on the world. Below are a few small and big changes that can make a difference in creating a sustainable life that keeps our earth happy and healthy.
There are various ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste you create, such as: using refillable water bottles, wrapping leftovers with beeswax wrap instead of plastic wrap, using silicon reusable sealable bags and bringing your own reusable straws and utensils for meals on the go. These small changes can make a big impact on the amount of plastic that is produced, and will also reduce the amount of plastic that takes millions of years to decompose and pollutes our land and oceans.
A tasty way to be more sustainable is to eat produce that is in-season and grown locally. Not only will you be eating the freshest produce with the least amount of toxic preservatives, but you will also be promoting a sustainable lifestyle by reducing the amount of out-of-season/non-local produce imported through long supply chains to your grocery store. Local farmers markets are a great way to ensure your produce is eco-friendly and supports your local community members. Go a step further and try making a vegan meal once or twice a week; meat and dairy products are one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gasses in their production. Vegans, on average, reduce their carbon footprint by more than half as compared to non-vegans - not to mention the other health benefits gained when eating vegan!
Your car’s emissions on your way to work or school contributes to the decrease in air quality and increased air pollution. Listed below are a few ways to reduce the emissions emitted on your daily commute: start a carpool with coworkers in your neighborhood, get your workout in by biking to work, check emails or catch up on reading during your commute by riding the bus or train, if allowed by your employer - work from home once a week and opt for an electric vehicle (EV) when it’s time to get a new or used car. Want to learn more about electric vehicles? Our non-profit partner, the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego, provides free monthly presentations and various online resources to help find the right EV for you.
We wouldn’t be doing our due diligence if we didn’t encourage you to produce your own clean solar energy! By powering your life with energy from the sun, you are gaining independence from the utility monopolies that exploit your energy needs and produce energy using dirty fossil fuels imported from dangerous places around the globe. The average solar system pays for itself between four to six years, not only is it a great financial investment but it will also reduce your dependence on fossil fuels. For more information on producing your own clean solar energy, request a free solar power quote or call 1-800-SULLIVAN.
One of the biggest impacts you can make this year in creating a sustainable future is to vote! By voting for candidates and bills that promote clean energy and long-term planning for climate change mitigation, you are promoting a sustainable future and making it a priority in your local, state, and national governments.
Sullivan Solar Power is dedicated to providing clean energy solutions for homeowners and supporting sustainable practices that will allow future generations to enjoy our beautiful planet. We hope these sustainable New Year’s resolutions have inspired you to create an eco-friendly lifestyle. Our Sullivan team applauds all your green efforts and wishes you a very sunny and bright new year!