I have been thinking about what more I can do to help reduce, reuse, and recycle. I want to help keep the Earth clean for my kids. They will need this place to be a wonderful, healthy place after Im gone. It is something I want for them and yes, even some day my grand kids.
Here are a few things we can do to all be “Green”. Yes, you have heard them before but its a nice place to start if you are new to being green.
- Replace all the bulbs in your house with energy savings one. Energy savings bulbs will save you up to 70% in utility bills and at the same time help out to make world greener by using less electricity.
- Unplug appliances which are not in use. Even some of the chargers like your laptop charger, consumes some energy while plugged in to outlet even when there is nothing is plugged in the other side. That home entertainment system or just a cable box you have sitting around, consumes energy. All this could add up to significant $$’s. One of the products worth looking at: Smart Strip Power Strip
- Use less paper! Opt in for online statements. This alone will save a lot of paper and in turn will protect the trees!
- Paper or plastic? ALWAYS pick paper. Plastic bags are VERY hard to recycle.
- If you live close to stores, work or any other destinations, walk there instead of driving. You save on some pollution and at the same time it’s good exercise. We really don’t walk enough in this country!
- Use a programmable thermometer so you don’t have to keep the heat or air conditioning running while your not even home. Keep it at 68-69 in the winter time, and 75 or higher in the summer time.
My family does a few of these things already. We have replaced standard bulbs with the new energy efficient bulbs. We have canvas grocery bags we use at the grocery store. Most of our bills come via email and we have a programmable thermostat. I do walk normally to get Madison from school, but there are way too many highways and people who cant drive for me to even attempt to walk to take C-man to school. We also use cloth in the kitchen. I have hand towels for drying and cleaning up big spills and we have little rags for wiping down counters. I need to invest in some napkins for the kids though. 3 rolls of paper towels can last me 3 months. Seriously. I know I can do better though with that. We also do not buy bottled water. We each have a refillable water bottle that we use. We have a garden and we also have a rain collection system to water the garden. You can read about how we made it HERE.
Here are a few things I would like to change over time:
- Start a compost bin for my garden so it will reduce the amount of trash we throw away
- Buy that nifty Smart Strip and set up Appliances.
- Find more uses for items we normally throw away.
- Set up recycling bins and start taking more things to recycling drop offs
Going green takes baby steps. You do not have to change over night. Just slowly make changes in your life and it will happen.Make a difference for your family and for the Earth.
How are YOU going Green this Earth Day?