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Environmental sustainability continues to be a crucial variable in modern society. Now, sustainable measures are more valuable than ever, and every contribution is important, no matter how small or seemingly minuscule.

With that notion in mind, there is no better place to foster a sustainable mindset than at home. There are numerous household ways to contribute to the collective well being of the environment — many of which are both cost-effective and easy to accomplish.

Here are a few quick and simple ways to create a more sustainable household.


Unplug devices

At first, this notion may seem like a no-brainer in terms of environmental sustainability, but the fact of the matter is that many electronic devices are left plugged unnecessarily plugged for most of the day — on a daily basis. For example, many households leave their televisions plugged in on standby mode for 17 hours at a time, rather than simply unplugging them and completely severing their ability to waste unused energy. Keep an eye on phone chargers, game systems, bathroom electronics, and other devices that may be easily overlooked as they remain plugged in.


Revisit your lighting

An obvious rule of thumb for household sustainability is restraining the amount of time in which lights are left on — or the amount of lights left on at a time (right now, there is likely a light on in your house that does not need to be on — you should probably turn it off). However, light-based sustainability goes beyond this approach alone. For example, you could ditch your current light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), which have been proven to be more energy-efficient. You could also reapproach your home’s design to facilitate more natural lighting in lieu of electronic lighting in general.


Check in on temperatures

Temperatures are likely one of the biggest energy-draining factors in your home, and this notion applies to a few aspects of your home. For one, temperature-based appliances like refrigerators and ovens tend to be set to unnecessarily cool or warm levels, wasting energy that is unneeded for them to accomplish their purpose. Additionally, you yourself may be making this same mistake by setting your thermostat to extremely low or high temperatures. Instead of falling back on this convenience in times of harsh weather, find alternate ways to stay cool or warm. For instance, climb under a blanket during dead of the winter, or spend more time in the basement with a cool beverage during the heat of summer.