Living Close to Nature

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Living Close to NatureYou may be trying to change your lifestyle in order to live a bit closer to nature and consequently playing a role in conserving natural resources. This may not mean pitching a tent in the outer regions and going off the grid. It may mean just making a few simple changes.

How do you go about living close to nature and playing a role in conserving the world around us? Whether living in Seattle condominiums, Denver apartments or rural ranches, there are many things that all of us can do to help preserve our natural world. Basic conservation begins right in our own homes. You will be living closer to nature, even if you live in a big city.


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Conserving Oil
Conserving oil and gasoline is perhaps one of the best ways to conserve our natural resources. There are a few very simple things that you can do to your automobile that will help conserve oil.

If possible, purchase a hybrid vehicle. These environmentally-friendly cars don’t use as much oil and gasoline as a traditional auto. This will help reduce amount of natural resources it takes to meet your transportation needs.

Make sure you follow a regular maintenance program for your car. Use a mechanic you trust to help you maintain your vehicle. Make sure you keep your coolants, oil and other fluids at their optimum levels. This will help you avoid any unnecessary repairs.

Use motor oils with low multi-grade ratings. There are several benefits you can expect of multi-grade oil. Because this type of oil reaches engine parts more quickly, it will reduce gasoline usage, as well as offer better engine protection.

Water Conservation
When watering your lawn and garden, use a little restraint; don’t over water. A sprinkler system is a very efficient way to save a lot of water. In addition, plant a garden full of plants that are native to your area. This way you won’t need to use a lot of water to make a garden grow that may not be able to survive without additional water resources.

Install water-efficient plumbing such as low-flush toilets and water-saving showerheads. These will actually restrict your water usage. Additionally, taking showers instead of baths will provide additional water savings.

Recycling is one of the easiest ways to help conserve natural resources. Start recycling within both your home and office. In addition, try to purchase products made from recycled and reused materials and reuse products whenever possible.

As you can see, it’s easy to conserve resources, thus bringing you and your family a little closer to nature.


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