As we face growing concerns over climate change, many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. Whether you own a home or rent an apartment, there are things you can do to live a more eco-friendly life. The following tips can help you get started.

Switch to LED Bulbs

While LED bulbs have been around for a while now, many people still use incandescent light bulbs in their homes. If you’re not sure which type you use, it’s very likely you’re using the incandescent bulbs that consume more energy and burn hotter. Although LED bulbs are a little more expensive, they last considerably longer and use significantly less energy.

Switch to Reusable Items

From packing lunches for work and school to keeping a clean face at the dinner table, there’s still plenty of waste that most people don’t think about in their day-to-day activities. Instead of packing a lunch in a disposable bag or one-time-use container, pack food in plastic containers that can be used over and over. At the dinner table, replace paper towels with cloth napkins. If you don’t have cloth napkins, old clothes can be cut up and used for this purpose. Look for other ways to replace single-use items.

Conserve More Water

There are a couple of ways you can reduce your household’s water consumption. First, set up a bucket in the shower to collect the water that’s wasted as you wait for the shower to heat up. You can similarly collect water from the sink faucets with a smaller basin. This used water can be used to fill your toilet reservoir or to water plants. You’ll also save on water and on the use of plastic by buying a water filter for your kitchen tap. This will save you from having to buy bottled water each week without sacrificing the quality of water you’re drinking. You’ll also save money in the long run since your household water usage will cost considerably less than the cases of water you currently buy in the store.

There are many more ways you can live a more eco-friendly life. If you’re interested in making additional changes, check for solutions online or within your own community. Your utility providers can likely point you towards resources to help reduce your energy consumption and help you live friendlier with your environment.