Earth Day is this weekend, the perfect time to take stock of what you are doing to help the environment. And ways you can do more. We have tried to teach our kids the importance of recycling or turning off lights when not in use and even turning off the water when brushing our teeth. Every little bit helps. We also re-use a lot of products in the house. For example, save scraps of fruits and veggies for compost, use old tee-shirts for rags, and re-use plastic containers for storage. We do what we can, but there is a lot more we can do.
Here are some ideas of how you can change your life this spring and help the environment at the same time.
– Turn off the TV/computer & go outside
Your television and computer are the biggest energy drains in your home. So why not go outside and take a walk, turn off your TV and computer and let your TV/computer have a rest.
– Plant a garden
Nothing helps the environment more than planting a garden, or better yet plant a tree!
–Turn off the AC and open windows
Depending where you live, the nights and early mornings are cool enough to air out the home. Turn off the AC which saves energy and get your fresh air from mother nature.
–Update your appliances
Changing to energy efficient appliances can make a big difference on your electric bill. And if you change to a programmable thermostat, you can save money by turning the AC up and down when not in use.
-Line-dry your clothes
It’s also helpful to not use the dryer at all and line dry your clothes. This saves energy and clothing dried in the fresh air always smell better.
-Spring clean the natural way
When cleaning countertops and hardwood floors you can use a natural cleaner that you can make up in your own home. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water and 1/4 cup white vinegar. This natural mixture will even clean windows.
–Switch to fluorescent light bulbs
These light bulbs will last longer and save energy.
–Stop using disposable bags
Instead of using disposable grocery bags, you should always ask for paper. Paper can be recycled. Better yet, use reusable bags that you can keep in your car.
–Buy inexpensive reusable water bottles
Stop using plastic disposable bottles and buy a water bottle that is BPA free and can be used over and over again.
–If possible carpool or take public transportation to work
This is not always an option for most people, but if you have a co-worker who lives by, try carpooling. It will save you gas money and will help the environment.
Even making one of these changes this spring will make a difference and you will feel good about helping the environment.