Becoming environmentally-friendly is not too difficult is you have the commitment for it. Remaining so is another matter entirely. Although the habit of being environmentally conscious, once cultivated, is easy to maintain, the cost and difficulty of being so might put many people off. So here are some suggestions for maintaining that environmentally-friendly outlook:
One of the first things that people do is adapt their house to become more environment friendly, such as attaching solar panels etc. but without a periodic sustainable design assessment, you cannot ensure that all your energy efficient gadgets are working properly. Like everything else, they need proper maintenance and care in order to function at full capacity.
If you notice a drop in sustainability levels in your house itself, it could very likely be from malfunctioning equipment that needs repairing. You need yearly sustainable design assessment reports from a reputable company to make sure everything works like it should.
Technology is always updating and improving, and so should you. The wind turbine you installed 5 years ago will be outdated by now and can be replaced by a more efficient version. But it’s not just technology that needs to be upgraded. Processes such as recycling, creating compost fertilizer etc. also can be updated according to the latest findings. For instance, compost can be created far quicker by purchasing a liquid that will break down biodegradable material quicker and turn it into compost faster. Look for ways in which your sustainable and environmentally-friendly lifestyle can become better and more all encompassing by checking in with blogs and research papers regularly.
This is similar to the upgrades and adjustments but change implies completely changing your approach to sustainable living. For instance, if your energy source has been wind for 5 years, consider changing to solar or thermal as the sun has become more prominent over the last few years. If your recycling process involves lumping all non- biodegradables together, start separating them into glass, plastic etc. in order to make the recycling process more efficient. Small changes like this can streamline the process and make your lifestyle easier to maintain.
A lifestyle begun in the idealistic flush of youth can seem like too much trouble once the cynicism of adulthood sets in a few years later. Environmentally friendly products are often more expensive and can become a serious budgetary issue. It’s important that you periodically remind yourself what led to your lifestyle in the first place, especially as it benefits the planet as well. Attend discussion groups, seminars and conferences to keep your interest up; watch documentaries to remind yourself of the harm of a non-sustainable way of life; and stick to the lifestyle you have made even if it seems to do no more good than reduce the carbon footprint a little bit.