6 Eco-Friendly New Years’ Resolutions

Eco-Friendly New Years Resolutions

The new year is a great time to instill positive new habits, both on a personal level and on a collective level. We know now more than ever the environmental impact of human activity. Now is the ideal time to evaluate and reflect on the energy we may be putting out (literally and metaphorically!)

For example, how much water do you use daily? How often do you purchase new items? Are you using disposable or recyclable items?

Here is a list of 6 eco-friendly resolutions that you can implement today that will help you move towards a healthier, happier you as part of a healthier, happier planet.

Re-use instead of purchasing new

We live in a world of fast-fashion and cheap, single-use products thanks to globalization. It’s remarkably easy to buy new things at a whim without having to break your bank. The feeling of purchasing new can be appealing, but the feeling of suffering the consequences of waste can be a big downer. Consider switching to reusable items, like coffee thermoses instead of paper cups or reusable bags instead of plastic. You can even purchase things second-hand like on Facebook marketplace, thrift stores, or your local buy-and-sell community. This is a great way to save money and prevent perfectly functioning items from going into the landfill.

Be mindful of your water use

Texas summers are hot, and that can mean a lot more time spent in pools and a lot more watering your lawn and garden. But water isn’t always abundant, not only around the world, but also within the US. Think California, which experiences droughts regularly. There are many ways to think about how you can use less water in your day-to-day life. Using less water can look like doing less frequent, larger loads of laundry (which will also save on energy while also making your clothes last longer). It can also involve a quick home audit and making sure your toilets are at a low-level of water, showerheads are set to low-flow, and faucets are not leaking. Being mindful of water use can save you up to 18% on your energy bill!

Eliminate phantom power

They’re called phantoms for a reason. They’re sneaky, invisible, and rack up a spooky electricity bill at the end of each month, without you even noticing! Phantom power, also known as energy vampires, refers to the energy that is sucked up and used even when devices or small appliances are not being used, simply because they’re plugged into an outlet. But there’s an easy solution to chase away phantoms from your home for good: disconnect when you’re done using a device! One effective way to actually implement this is by using smart power strips, which can save up to 10% on your energy consumption!

Replace lightbulbs to LED

This one is a quick fix and not only will it make you feel better, but you’ll literally feel brighter. Switching out incandescent bulbs, which produce much more heat than light, for LED bulbs, which are much more energy-efficient and cost-effective, is sure to bring light and joy to your homes and hearts this year. 

Use an Electric Vehicle 

Though it may seem like a hefty switch, consider your carbon footprint and fuel consumption when you make your daily or weekly commute. Not only is gas expensive, but it also contributes to harmful CO2 emissions impacting the environment and health in staggering ways. Switching to an electric vehicle (EV), like an electric car or an e-scooter, can have twice the benefits. Not only will you cut down on your fuel consumption, but if your energy provider uses renewable energy sources to power your home, then you’ll be using clean energy to power your EV, moving you closer to zero-emissions! And on that note, our final suggestion is to…. 

Go green. Switch to renewable energy

Green energy, also known as renewable energy, is an increasingly popular, and increasingly more cost-effective, source of energy to power your homes and your lives. Texas is one of the leading states when it comes to moving towards renewable energy sources. This is a bandwagon you’ll want to jump on in 2024, and the cost of producing green energy is dropping between 9 to 16% every year. If you’re considering making the switch, but are unsure of how to begin, talk to an Arrow Energy consultant to discuss whether they can help find you an energy plan that includes solar, hydro, and wind – produced right here in the US.