Global warming is real, and the planet is really suffering. Our carbon footprints are literally crushing the ecosystem. There are so many different ways to become eco-friendly, on top of saving money. And who doesn’t like saving money?
“Going Green” in Your Home:
- Use washable, cloth napkins – You will produce less waste, using cloth napkins. Think about how many napkins and paper towels you use on a daily basis. When your cloths get dirty, just throw them in the wash with your other towels and clothes. You can also just hand wash your cloths and hang them to dry.
- Grow your own fruits and vegetables – You can help to eliminate your carbon footprint by growing your own food. The trips from the farm to the grocery store via truck or plane, and driving your vehicle to the store, pollutes the air. If you are growing food in your backyard you are cutting out the middlemen essentially. It also prevents having to throw away all of the containers and bags that you have to use to carry the food back from the grocery store. If you don’t have the space to start your own fruits and vegetable garden, you can grow a few herbs indoors on your windowsill.
- Start a compost pile – A compost pile reduces the amount of stuff that you throw into the trash. It will also become fertilizer for your very own garden. The compost pile is the best way to recycle your food. Turn your old food into new food. Instead of throwing out the food you haven’t eaten, and being wasteful, you can put it in your compost pile and give it another purpose.
- Turn off the tap – Turn your tap water off when you are not using it. Consider how much water is wasted leaving it on while you are brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, etc. if you pay a water bill, try cutting the water off when you are not actively using it and see how much your bill changes.
- Use reusable water bottles – Drinking tap water and using water bottles is another great way to reduce your carbon footprint as well. If you are not a fan of drinking tap water, you can purchase a filter to help with quality and taste. Most people won’t even drink an entire bottle of water, after paying about $3 for it, and most of them aren’t even recycled.
- Bike. Walk. – It is better to carpool, bike, or walk, than to drive around by yourself. These three can really reduce the amount of cars on the road, and the amount of pollution and carbon emissions in the air. Walking and biking will also give you a daily workout, save you money on gas, and even having a car altogether.
- Line dry your clothes – Dryers use so much more energy compared their washing machine counterparts. Line drying is gentler on the fabric and will also have your clothes smelling really fresh.
- Make your own cleaning products – Many manufactured cleaning products wreak of ammonia and other harmful chemicals. There are plenty of natural ways to clean your home—and making them would be a great DIY project. Some of these cleansers include baking soda, table salt, white vinegar, and lemon juice.
- Use power strips – Even when you are not actively using your microwave and your television is turned off, they are still using electricity. Put your television, game console, DVD/Blu-ray player, cable box, etc. on one power strip and turn it off when you leave for the day. This will reduce your electricity use and save you money on your monthly bill.
- Turn down your thermostat – Keep the thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter to save on energy and money.
- Switch your lightbulbs out – Toss out all of those old lightbulbs, and switch to energy efficient LED lightbulbs. They use less energy than the older ones do, last so much longer, and will save you money on your utility bill.
- Use reusable grocery bags – Grocery stores in some cities have started to require patrons buy plastic bags to transport their groceries out of the store. So, you may already use reusable grocery bags; however, if you don’t, you should start. Reusable bags have significantly cut down on plastic waste.
- Put weather strips around windows and doors – Weather stripping prevents the heat from escaping and the air from outside coming in. Keeping your heat inside during the winter will save you tons during the wintertime.