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Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Although Earth Day was yesterday and it's only celebrated once a year, we can still make efforts in supporting and taking care of our environment. Some of the ways we can do this is making sure we don't litter, picking up trash on beaches, and making our homes eco-friendly. Keep reading if you want to learn ten ways that you can easily make your home eco-friendly!

1. Use natural cleaning products: Did you know that there are cleaning products that contain harmful chemicals that are bad for the environment? For many day-to-say cleaning tasks, you can use natural products or even make your own!

2. Use LEDs: Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting! Another perk to using LEDs is that they will save you a lot of money on your energy bill!

3. Start using reusable bottles: Stop buying plastic water bottles because about 80% of all plastic water bottles in America get tossed in with the trash, and only 20% of the plastic water bottles that are recycled can actually be used for recycling. On top of that, the plastic water bottles take over 1,000 years to biodegrade! Even if you think that reusing the same bottle doesn't make that big of a difference, it really does!

4. Shop local: When shopping for organic and locally-sourced products (like at farmers' markets), you aren't only supporting local businesses, but you're also supporting the planet. According to the Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty Organization, an estimated 13% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. stem from the production and transportation of food. Stop at the Fulton Farmer's Market to buy some local veggies!

5. Buy recycled products: When shopping for products, check to see if there are any alternatives that are recycled products. There are more options than you think there are!

6. Turn off the lights: Just do it- it's so simple!

7. Create your own compost: Instead of wasting your kitchen scraps and leftover food (because admit it, you've done this before), turn them into compost. The food that you throw away can be recycled and turned into compost, it's that simple! All you have to do is place a bin in your garden and fill it with any food waste. This reduces methane emissions from landfills, so it's such a small and easy thing to do that has a big impact.

8. Decorate with plants: We all know that plants make your home look better, but did you know that plants have so many benefits, including cleaning indoor air of toxic substances?

9. Use less meat in home cooked meals: Bad news for the meat-eaters out there- buying/eating meat increases global greenhouse gas emissions. If you want to positively impact the environment, start to slowly cut meat out of your meals. According to Earth Day Network, eating one less burger a week for a year has the same environmental impact as not driving your car for 320 miles.

10. Install solar panels: Solar panels are a long-term investment that provides you with completely clean electricity.

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