Here are some of my favorite ways to "go green" with very little effort. Happy Earth Day everyone!
This does not need to be complicated. I simply have a containers (or boxes) in the kitchen to hold bottles, cans, glass, newspapers, cardboard, magazines, paper, etc. We go an extra step by taking them to our local recycling center, where we money back or as I like to think of it - get paid to recycle. If you are too busy to do that, you can place all recycle items in a designated bin for your city or town to pick up on trash day.
RECEIVE AND PAY BILLS ONLINE
Choose to go "paperless" when it comes to your monthly bills. Did you know that it is estimated that almost 20 million trees could be saved yearly if Americans paid their bills online! Not only are you saving trees, but saving on the cost of stamps as well as eliminating paper clutter at home by opting to receive e-statements vs. by mail. It's a win, win, win!
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS
I live in Southern California, since we are impacted by the drought, we have cut our shower time by 2 minutes, by doing this we can conserve more than ten gallons of water.
BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN
Again, because Southern California is experiencing a drought, we have decided to cut back of watering our grass. Most cities have very limited days and times they can water their lawn. I have come up with a way to water our brown grass with water "collected" in a bin in the sink from the water used when I wash and rinse the dishes.
DRINK WATER OUT OF A PITCHER
Close to 90 percent of plastic water bottles are not recycled. Reduce or eliminate drinking from water bottles, instead try drinking from a pitcher with a filter. You can conserve up to five gallons a day!
Disconnect block type chargers such as phone, computer, small appliance, and toy chargers, from the wall when not in use. If the charger is plugged into the wall it is still on and consuming energy even if you aren’t charging.
TURN IT OFF
Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms and kitchen and bathroom ventilating fans after they’ve done their job. If left on, ventilating fans can blow a house full of heated or cooled air out quickly.
CHANGE THE LIGHT BULBS
Swap out your old light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). They consume about 75 percent less electricity and last up to 10 times longer. By replacing one 75-watt incandescent bulb with a 25-watt CFL can save you up to $83 over the life of the bulb.