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How to Break Your Eco-Harmful Habits


| 8/17/2015 9:48:00 AM



 

We know you want to do your best to help the environment but the news about climate change can sometimes feel so overwhelming that it’s easier to make a vague promise to yourself about doing better, later just to get on with your day.

Luckily, doing your part to help the environment doesn’t have to be a big deal. Some of our most eco-unfriendly activities are just bad habits that we can change by replacing them with healthier options. Breaking bad habits is easiest when you concentrate on just one issue at a time, so chose one from the list below to get started on your new, greener lifestyle:

Stop Wasting Water

If you’re one of those people who love a long, hot shower, you’re wasting gallons of water every day (not to mention the energy it takes to heat that water to spa-like comfort levels). Remind yourself to use less by setting an alarm on your phone to let you know when your five to eight minutes in the shower are up. Pair this training with a new, low-flow showerhead, and you won’t have to feel guilty about getting clean.

Stop Wasting Electricity

Electricity is such a major part of our modern lives that we barely even think about it, and that means we end up wasting a lot of it. To train yourself to turn off the lights when you leave the room, try putting some bright yellow electric tape on all your light switches.



Seeing that bit of color in the corner of your eye will draw your attention to the switch and be a reminder to turn it off. Once your new habit is established (give it about two months), you can remove the tape. Switch to low-wattage LED bulbs for bonus points.



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