Sustainable Living: Ideas for a More Sustainable You
Now more than ever, people are asking themselves what they can do to make the world a better place. What actions can be taken for the sake of the next generation’s health and environment? Being a socially responsible company, HomeBiogas team members frequently have these questions and concerns. Because people’s health and a clean environment are such integral values that drive us, we made a roadmap of the different ways you live more sustainably.
Why bother to take action? Some of the tips on our list will help you save money, but more importantly, you will get an awesome, rewarding feeling knowing that you’re actions are doing good. So feel free to copy them, tweak them, and see how they fit in to your home and daily life. You can keep track of the little things you do, no matter how small. How nice will it be to look back at the end of the year and review how YOU personally helped fight climate change?
The Are 2 Key Ways to Make Sustainable Lifestyle Changes That Count.
There are actually a lot of uncomplicated actions the average person can take to become greener and more sustainable. We have narrowed down 2 key categories to make sustainable lifestyle changes that count: The first key is efficiency, and the second key is self-sufficiency. Read on to learn more about the two.
How to be More Efficient
Start in Your Home
Giving more attention to the way in which you light and heat your house can prove important. Take a tour of your home with a fresh look at each room. Seek out the sockets, appliances and lights, that might not be the best choice in terms of energy efficiency. Ask yourself— are they necessary? Are they replaceable? Start-ups and commercial companies are both coming up with great new products and apps for this objective. Hunt for these sustainable living products online and adopt the ones that are efficient and make sense for your house.
Look into Your Driving Habits
A more strategic look at the amount of driving we do can lead to efficiency conclusions, decisions, actions. Is it possible to take care of errands closer to home or the office? Is a joint carpool option possible, even just once a week? Our Customer Relations Manager Alon rides his bicycle to work on Wednesdays, which makes him very proud… and obviously more fit. Maybe you don’t usually do it, but jogging or walking to the grocery store once in a while wouldn’t hurt either!
Don’t Waste if You Don’t Have to!
The average person produces 4.5 pounds of waste every day. Recycling policies and infrastructure are advancing around us, which is great, but taking personal actions at home is the most sensible thing for YOU to do to help the environment. First, try to buy less in general. When you buy, try to choose items that have less unnecessary plastic packaging. And then, if you do buy items with packaging, make it a positive activity- Try sorting and separating packaging with your kids. Another small way to waste less: donate your clothing, furniture and old appliances instead of throwing them out. You can donate straight to a charity or your local community center, or you can give to others through platforms like Craigslist. Lastly, and perhaps most entertaining, up-cycle! Creative projects such as building a wall out of glass bottles can inject some personality and good spirits into the house.
Turn Food waste into Fuel
Did you know that about a third of the food we buy goes to waste? Food waste isn’t only bad for your wallet, it’s also terrible for the environment: As food waste decomposes in landfills, it releases the heat-trapping methane gas that is contributing to Global Warming. Our food leftovers may be dumped far away from where we live, but make no mistake- Global Warming will effect all of us! Methane is lighter than oxygen and it builds up in the atmosphere. If you compare molecule for molecule, methane trumps carbon dioxide easily. Actually, methane is 25x more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
Even if you compost your food scraps in your own back yard, which is a step in the right direction, methane is still discharged to the atmosphere. Some local authorities collect organic waste separately and use it in biogas plants to generate renewable energy on an industrial scale. There might be organic waste collection in your municipal area. But still, the transportation needed to collect food waste uses fossil fuel, and so, creates a carbon footprint. One of the most efficient ways to manage your organic waste is to do it in your own backyard. HomeBiogas up-cycling food leftovers, making use of methane naturally produced by food. The best part? You don’t need to rely on any garbage collection or waste management facility- you are responsible for your own waste!
How to be More Self-Sufficient
No man (or woman) is an island. We all need other people, and we also need our house, our processions, electricity, and other resources. Very few families can sustain themselves without driving, without buying produce, and without being connected to the grid. Still, even if the above does describe your lifestyle, (which is fine!), you can always generate some of what you use yourself!
Going Solar at Home
Even if you don’t want to get solar roof panels, there are other smaller-scale solar options out there: there are solar lamps that fit porches and terraces; solar water heating systems, solar-powered barbecues and lawn mowers and even solar chargers for your electronic devices. Make it your goal to use solar energy for at least one appliance! It may be a small initial investment, but afterwards all you need is to be out in the open sun, and who doesn’t love doing that?!
Growing an Edible Garden
Having edible gardens is a huge sustainable living trend right now, so if you haven’t had one before, now is the time to jump on board. Flowers are beautiful, but they certainly aren’t as useful as fruit and vegetables are. Here’s an idea: if you grow a fruit or vegetable that also has a beautiful flower! For example, passion fruit are wonderfully delicious and also have a very unique flower that can brighten your garden. Our Marketing VP Muli grows a lemon and a pomegranate tree in his back yard. He isn’t 100% self-sufficient since he buys some groceries at the store, but he sure does buy less since he grows his own vegetables. He recommends lettuce, tomatoes, mint, parsley, potatoes – as quite manageable crops for the average gardening buff. Another up-and-coming trend is micro-gardens, for people who live in residential apartment buildings but still want to grow their own veggies.
Renewable energy from kitchen waste
Biodigestion is the one of the coolest ways to make our homes really environmentally friendly. Organic waste (food leftovers and animal manure) can be turned into clean cooking gas and liquid fertilizer in your own backyard with systems like HomeBiogas. This is much better than composting, not just because you make use of the potent methane gas, but also because with HomeBiogas a family can generate enough gas for two hours of cooking daily.
“I like that the trash bin is dry, and doesn’t smell. Plus, we spend $0 on the gas we cook with” says Shlomit Valensi, a mother of three children, who has been using the HomeBiogas system for eight months now.
Mayim, the four year old son of HomeBiogas’ Chief Scientist and Founder Yair Teller, calls the HomeBiogas system “AvoFire”, because his mom said that the fire in the stove is generated from the avocado peels he threw into the system sink (that’s his favorite chore around the house, while helping cook dinner).
Think about the possibility of biodigestion the next time you throw out what’s left on your plate. The food waste that you throw out brings you no value until you make use of it properly. Using biodigesiton in your home will enable you more of a self-sufficient living, will give you that rewarding feeling of leading a more responsible, sustainable living, and will add value to your life by saving you money. As if this wasn’t enough, it will also lessen the burden on landfills. With less in our landfills, less pollution will be created.
Written by: Inbal Elad