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As climate change is becoming an even bigger problem in the world, many seniors are wondering how they can help by leading “greener” lives. But most seniors don’t have the ability to make major changes in their lives, such as putting solar panels on their houses or buying an electric car. There’s good news, though! There are plenty of simple changes you can make to lead a life that’s a little bit greener. Phil Davidson is one advocate for helping seniors live green. He is an owner of Always Best Care, a provider of assisted living placement in Rock Hill SC and below are some of his top picks for the easiest ways for seniors to live more sustainably.

Using reusable coffee mugs.

This is probably one of the easiest ways to live a greener life. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, you know how easy it is to go through tons of plastic and paper cups every day. An easy way to stop that habit is to buy a couple of reusable coffee mugs that you can fill with either coffee or another beverage. You can use it every day and usually even get it filled at a lower cost at your favorite coffee shop.

Start a garden in your backyard.

Try your luck at gardening to lead a green life. If you’re successful, then you’ll not only be helping the earth, but have access to fresh fruits and veggies all year long. It’s also a great way for seniors to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and get a bit of exercise in to help with those stiff joints. Stop by Wilson’s Nursery in Rock Hill to see what you need to get started.

Turn off the lights when you’re not using them.

Here’s another easy one for your sustainable life. When you’re not using the lights around the house, simply turn them off. This not only saves on your electricity bill, but helps you do your part for the environment.

Help out with local environmental events.

Every community has a Parks & Recreation department and every one of those departments should have a need for help with local environmental awareness events. Whether it is tree planting or picking up trash on the side of the street, check with the Parks, Recreation, & Tourism department in Rock Hill to see how you can do your part.