We live in a world that is starting to realize more and more man’s effect on the surrounding environment. It’s more and more clear each day that for every technological progress that we make there is some kind of impact that was not taken into consideration prior to its release. And since we’re very interested in our survival, we have little choice but to become more eco-friendly.
The good news is that we don’t actually have to travel to a tropical region and start planting mangrove forests, although we’d take our hats off to those up to the challenge. But you can have an impact with smaller things and if we’d all start taking baby steps we’d go a long way. And quite frankly there are a lot of things that you could be making differently for the greater good and we’re talking about things that are not that hard to implement in your daily routines.
The first things that come to mind are aspects like: opting for electronic bills, avoiding to print e-mails, recycling paper and print cartridges, making sure to turn off the lights when you’re leaving a room, installing efficient lighting and so on.
But there are also bigger things that you can do and they don’t necessarily require much more effort. On top of this list is making sure your house is efficient when it comes to heating and cooling. You’d be amazed at how much energy we’re consuming when it comes to heating our homes in the winter and cooling them in the summer. If our homes would be well insulated, we wouldn’t lose anything on the way so we would reduce the amount of energy required to do the job right, thus significantly reducing our electrical bills and, best of all, we’d have a positive impact on the surrounding environment.
Of course, there are very few people that can afford re-building their homes with modern and more efficient materials, and there’s even a small number of people that could afford insulating their homes, but a lot of energy is actually lost through doors and windows.
There are a lot of tips out there about windows, but we’ll stick to what we know – doors. We should start off by telling you that wooden doors tend to warp in time, thus creating gaps which might not look big enough to make a difference, but they’re sure b
ig enough to let the heat out in the winter and let the heat in throughout summer. Steel doors don’t change their shapes in time and in addition to this quality, our doors also have a built in insulation layer that would make your home more eco-friendly.
So start thinking about your impact on the environment. You can make a difference with small things like printing on both sides of a paper or bigger things like making your house more heat efficient with a suitable door.