World Environment Day is coming up on June 5. The celebration raises awareness of environmental issues and helps teach people how they can be better stewards of the earth. The observance has become a global platform for public outreach and is now celebrated in over 100 countries.
But even though World Environment Day is a global event, change can begin on an individual level. If you want to save the earth, try starting small. A few changes to your home can go a long way in protecting Earth’s resources.
A good place to begin your efforts is in the bathroom, where we tend to waste a lot of water. Consider these changes to achieve a more eco-friendly bathroom:
- Go tankless – Producing hot water for your shower consumes a lot of energy, especially if you are still using the traditional water heater. Replacing your traditional unit with an energy-efficient tankless version will pare down your utility bills and use fewer resources. Tankless water heaters consume 20 percent less energy than traditional ones.
- Install aerators – Traditional faucets and showerheads use high-pressure water, which leads to waste. Installing aerators on faucets and showerheads will significantly reduce your water consumption. A traditional showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute compared to a water-efficient showerhead’s 1.5 gallons.
- Update your toilet – Older toilets use from 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. Replace your old toilets with low-flow models that use only 1.6 gallons per flush. Another option is to install a dual-flush toilet that uses two handles or buttons for different levels of flushing. Dual-flush toilets save even more water than low-flow versions.
Seize World Environment Day as an opportunity to make a few changes around your house, and start preserving precious resources.