Today we are happy to feature this guest blog from author Haley Kieser, giving us all some important reminders about protecting our environment. Haley is a writer that covers Business, Finance, and Home & Living topics. In her spare time you can find her enjoying the outdoors, a craft beer, or a book.
The state of Kentucky is also known as the Bluegrass State, and its capital, Louisville is called the Bourbon Capital of the World. In a state where whiskey distilleries and green pastures have so much importance, residents must preserve their homeland and its natural beauty. To ensure that beautiful Kentucky continues to thrive, consider these four ways to protect environment for future generations.
1. Educate the Community
To create long-term change, it’s important to educate the community and raise awareness surrounding the issue. Residents who are serious about making a change can volunteer with local grassroot organizations that clean up neighborhoods, plant trees, and advocate for green legislation. Adults can also make a change by voting for regulation that supports clean water, habitat restoration, and renewable energy. The children of today are the adults of tomorrow, so it’s also important educate youth about the importance of caring for the environment. Instilling sustainable habits at an early age can encourage green choices for years to follow.
2. Minimize Consumption
Kentucky’s reliance on agricultural resources means that solid waste management is a critical component of community health. While businesses and legislators make headway with green policies, consumers can also do their part to usher in a sustainable future. By reducing overall consumption, residents can help keep waterways and wilderness free of trash and debris. This means buying fewer unnecessary items and investing in products with longer life spans. Similarly, consumers should consider repairing products when they break instead of donating them or throwing them away. When it comes to reducing consumption, plastic products have the most significant impact on the environment. For every plastic item on your shopping list, ask yourself if there’s an alternative.
3. Recycle Regularly
In addition to reducing consumption, recycling renewable goods can drastically cut down on waste. The easiest way to make recycling a habit is to purchase a recycling bin for every room in the home. Start small by recycling simple, everyday things like junk mail, milk jugs, cans, and other materials from this list of recyclable items. As you start to develop your habit, consider recycling larger items, like appliances, furniture, construction debris, lawn mowers, bicycles, etc. For larger projects, local waste removal companies can assist with the heavy lifting, hauling, and disposal.
4. Save Water
Kentucky is home to one of the largest navigable waterways in the United States, so it’s important to keep water conservation on the brain. Traditional homeowners can do their part by irrigating responsibly and watering conservatively. Refrain from irrigating land or watering the lawn during the middle of the day – early morning and late afternoon are more practical. In addition, it’s important to prevent leaks by properly maintaining your plumbing. Regular septic system inspection can ensure that potential leaks and structural weaknesses get attention in a timely manner. Likewise, low-flow toilets and high-efficiency appliances allow for reduced household water consumption. While these practices are essential to keeping the waterways of Kentucky beautiful, they’re also financially incentivizing. The more water you save, the lower your water bill will be.