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Access to electricity is at the heart of societal development and has been key to the growth of the US over the last 100 years. Energy production has made leaps and bounds of efficiency improvements, however there is a long way to go. Current[ly] electricity contributes 33% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US. The best way to lower your home’s carbon footprint is to use less energy. This may seem obvious, but it really isn’t. It is hard to know what is worth your time and money to improve, so I did the research for you.
Though laundry is a regular and mundane part of life, it has significant environmental impacts. Residential washing machines on average use 41 gallons of water per load, and a clothes dryer is responsible for approximately 6% of a homes energy usage. Multiply that by an average of 300 loads of laundry per year per family!
We all have unique routines for showering, brushing teeth, managing hair, and so on. We spend a lot of time and money in the bathroom and what works for one person may not for another. Over five years ago I started pairing down the products in my bathroom in effort to eliminate chemicals in my journey to get pregnant. I quit using all skin care products, no face wash, moisturizer, or foundation which also got me started on reducing plastic waste. Since we were pimple-ridden teens we have been bombarded with ads for the latest and greatest facial products. I can tell you, after giving my skin a few months to balance out, I don’t need any of it! I simply wash my face with water and use coconut oil as a moisturizer as needed. That alone has eliminated 4 plastic bottles of product from my bathroom and shopping list.
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