Earth is the only planet we have. Sure, scientists are exploring space to find other habitable worlds that humanity can settle on (such as Mars or the Moon), but until then, it’s our job to take care of the planet we call home. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone needs to make large donations to organizations working on how to solve climate change—one of the simplest ways to take care of Earth is to make lifestyle changes that are more environmentally friendly. This can be a big change, such as installing solar panels to power your home, or small ones, like cutting down on single-use plastics, but no matter the size, every little bit can help make a difference.

 

Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking for ways to make your lifestyle more environmentally friendly.

 

Non-renewable energy sources

 

Solar panels are a good alternative energy source, but as mentioned above, it’s a big change that’s not exactly feasible for everyone to adapt. This doesn’t mean you’re stuck with non-reusable energy, though. You can do your part just by cutting down on the amount of energy you use, such as heating and air conditioning. You can open a window if it gets hot, or if it gets cold, you can pull on a sweatshirt, get under a blanket, or use a hot water bottle to warm yourself up. Additionally, insulating your home with items like thermal wallpaper and draft excluders will reduce the energy needed to heat your home up.

 

Travel methods

 

The gasoline used to power cars causes air pollution, which is terrible for the environment. If you’re able to, use public transportation, cycle, or walk to your destination instead of driving your car. You could also carpool with someone or work from home to cut down on transport emissions if the option is available. If you want to go traveling, cut back on going on long-haul flights and focus on exploring the area around you to drastically shrink your carbon footprint. 

 

Reuse, reduce, and recycle

 

The three Rs have been drilled into everyone since we were kids, and for a good reason. Reducing how much you buy reduces the energy put into the production of those items. Reusing products bought from secondhand stores instead of buying something new or upgrading can also cut back on production energy. Recycling your old items or plastics can either send them off to be used by someone else or let them be made into something else entirely. Think about how what you use will impact your environment and be mindful of that when you’re out shopping.