A new year brings powerful motivation to make positive change, whether that be personally, in your community, or a combination of both. There are many options when it comes to making resolutions meaningful and attainable. Along with yearly promises to workout more, eat healthier, and quit those bad habits, one great resolution to include is living more sustainably in the new year.
In the midst of uncertainty rising from the political sector, making the environment a top priority in our day to day lives is now more important than ever. Not only would these resolutions help you save money, but it also has a positive impact on the environment. What's not to like?
Here are four resolutions you can adopt to start living more sustainably in 2018.
Rethink how you drive. Living in Phoenix, it can be hard to find public transportation to support your daily commute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cut down on your emissions. Try carpooling with a friend or coworker to help you save both gas and time. You can also look into alternative fuel cars, like hybrids or electric vehicles. Hybrids can lower your fuel cost by almost half, while an electric vehicle can cut your fuel use to zero! And keep in mind, there are tax incentives to help you save up to $7,500 on an electric vehicle.
Shop locally. When you shop local, you not only keep dollars in your local community, but you also help reduce the energy used to ship products in from out of state (or even out of country). Food travels an estimated 1,500-2,000 on average from farm to consumer, producing emissions that can be eliminated by shopping local. Small businesses usually cannot afford to sell the low-quality items found in larger stores, so the products you buy will typically be higher quality and stand the test of time.
Recycle and reuse more. Reusing and recycling materials helps to keep them out of landfills, which release harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses. It also helps save energy, as there’s a massive amount of energy that goes into making products from raw materials. Using less raw materials also helps reduce habitat loss from deforestation.
Go Solar. Arizona has over 300 days of sunshine, so it’s a no-brainer to harness all that energy to help reduce your electric bills and your energy consumption from the grid. A modestly sized residential solar array can easily produce more than 21,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year for the average Arizona home. In terms of C02 emissions, that’s equivalent to avoiding the CO2 emissions of more than 15,000 pounds of burned coal every year! There are also tax incentives that can help you save up to one-third on the cost of a solar system.
We hope these resolutions give you some ideas and inspiration on how to get started living a greener life. May 2018 be a great year for us all, full of happiness, good health, and lots of sunshine!
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