This page lists a lot of ideas on how you can make your lifestyle more sustainable while maintaining and even rising your standard of living. Many require simple habit changes, while others require some investment or larger lifestyle changes.

Top[edit | edit source]

The top one will depend on your current lifestyle.

  • Re-evaluate your job - It makes little sense to do every other thing in this list but then go work 8 hours a day in a job that undoes it.
  • Eat less meat
  • Fly less
  • Bike more
  • Insulate your home

Heating[edit | edit source]

  • Insulation - The cheapest and cleanest heat is the one you don't need to produce. Decent insulation can reduce your heating requirements by over 50%.
  • Geothermal -
  • Thermal mass -
  • Stoves - Stoves are much more efficient than chimneys.
  • Clothing - There's no need to wear a T-shirt at home during winter.

Cooling[edit | edit source]

  • Insulation -
  • Geothermal -

Lighting[edit | edit source]

Food conservation[edit | edit source]

Cooking[edit | edit source]

Dish washing[edit | edit source]

  • Basins - Filling a basin with water and another with water and soap is an efficient way to wash your dishes. The basins can even be pots you used during cooking.
  • Soap first - Soaping everything first and rinse later saves water, energy and time!
  • No fat - Eating food with little or no fat has the added advantage of easy cleaning.

Clothing[edit | edit source]

  • Buy second hand - Most second hand clothes are as good as new. They will save you money and help reduce the demand for fast fashion.
  • Buy natural fibers - Every time you wash synthetic clothes, millions of micro plastic threads wash out into the drain and end up in the ocean. So buy cotton (100%), linen, hemp, bamboo, etc.
  • Washing -
  • Drying clothes - Use the sun! If too rainy, cloudy or dark, maybe you have a source of heat inside (like a stove) so hang it next to it. Drying machines are energy-hungry, expensive and degrade your clothes faster. With minimal foresight, you should never need them.

Personal hygiene[edit | edit source]

  • Solar hot water system -
  • Solid shampoo and conditioner -
  • Dry toilet - While not for everyone, a good setup can be odorless, save water and produce usable compost.

Trash[edit | edit source]

Transportation[edit | edit source]

  • Cycling - Bikes are clean, cheap, durable, efficient, compact, nimble, fun, healthy, etc. For short (and not-so-short) distances they are often faster than any other means of transportation. They can avoid you traffic jams and the associated stress. They require low maintenance and can often be fixed by yourself. Many accessories are available for all sorts of special needs. If you don't have your bike yet, get one now! It's definitely one of the best ways to start living green and you'll benefit from it all your life.
  • Carpooling -
  • Carsharing -
  • Electric cars -
  • Fly less -

References[edit | edit source]

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