Parenthood is all about responsibility not only to oneself but to the children as well. It means doing everything you can to ensure that your kids will have a good future.
90% of the time, this means providing for their needs while also instilling discipline and respect into your kids. But if we were to look at the bigger picture, parenthood also entails trying to save our deteriorating planet so that the future generation can enjoy it as much as we have.
You can achieve this feat by reducing your carbon footprint. Here are the ways you, as a parent, can help save the environment.
Try Reusable Energy
Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel are one of the leading causes of climate change. This is why people working in the energy industry are encouraged to replace fossil fuel with greener, more sustainable types of energy. In Utah, a great example that your family can use is solar power.
As its name suggests, this type of energy is harnessed from the sun. Upon installation of both the panels and energy storage, you can experience the benefits that solar energy has to offer. The first, and most notable, is lower electricity bills. It also gives you full control over your electricity since you won’t be relying full-time on energy lines. This means that should a power shortage happen, you and your family will be fine.
Another benefit is that it raises the value of your home. If there comes a day when you and your family deem it proper to move after outgrowing your current home, you’ll surely get back the money that you invested in your solar panels.
Keep in Mind the 3Rs
Reduce, reuse, recycle is a slogan that was taught to us even as children. It’s more important than ever to consider the positive impact that they can make.
When it comes to your household, reduce and reuse are likely the two Rs that will be used the most. Let’s start with plastic. It may be convenient, but the plastic does more harm than good to the environment. For example, a plastic bag is non-biodegradable, so the soil can’t absorb it back. Not only that, but its other variations, like the straw, hurts the animal kingdom as well.
Instead of using plastic full-time, you can opt for metal or bamboo straws if you need it for our drinks. Plastic bags can be replaced with eco-bags, which are reusable and more durable than plastic. Another consideration is that encourage your kids to bring reusable water bottles to school or university instead of buying water bottles time and again.
Other household items, like cotton rounds and buds, now come in a reusable form, too. It’s only a matter of finding the right suppliers and taking care of them so that they’ll last a long time.
A pro tip: you don’t need to get rid of the non-reusable items you have now. Instead, slowly deplete your supplies first before replacing them with more eco-friendly products.
You don’t need to accomplish all of this overnight. Sometimes, taking small steps towards doing the right thing is just as meaningful as taking great leaps.