The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, yet the nation consumes 18 percent of the planet’s energy, according to the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan. While much of this energy comes from commercial practices, food and water consumption, heating and cooling, transportation, and other household uses all deplete the planet’s resources. We all have a part to play in reducing the nation’s energy use and protecting our world. Best of all, as the following infographic shows, helping the environment is easier and more affordable than you may think.
For example, changing incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs can make a massive difference. While they’re more expensive at first, LED bulbs last 25 times longer, and you’ll quickly recoup your investment. They also use one-quarter of the energy, so you’ll see a dramatic drop in your utility bills. Chemical cleaners are expensive and they emit harmful gases. You may not realize that you can make your own from ordinary, affordable pantry items such as vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. These homemade cleaners are every bit as effective as their chemical counterparts but far better for your finances and the planet.
Change starts with you and the people in your household. Adopt the sustainable practices outlined in the following infographic. Teach your kids about the energy-efficient changes you’ve made so that they can continue the legacy when they leave the nest. The planet and your bank balance will both benefit when you make green changes in your home.