It’s important to take care of the environment and do our part when it comes to creatively saving energy, water, and our limited resources. I’ve made a list of 14 small things that you can do to to make a difference every day – not just on Earth Day!
Using reusable shopping bags can make big difference! For one thing, the petroleum used to make just 14 plastic bags can power a car for one mile. Plastic bags also take a long time to decompose, and they contribute to massive trash heaps in the ocean while posing a serious threat to wildlife.
Buy a reusable water bottle. Large amounts of non-renewable resources go into the production of disposable bottles, it takes energy to transport the bottles, and a very small amount of the bottles end up getting recycled. Plus, tap water is just as clean and much cheaper!
Instead of using your heating and cooling system, consider using your windows to regulate the temperature first!
Buying local produce is better for the environment because energy isn’t being wasted to transport the produce. You’re also supporting the local economy while eating flavorful, seasonal produce at the peak of ripeness! Try vegetarian recipes like rainbow stir fry, meatless lasagna, or these tasty burrito bowls; because avoiding meat can save tons of energy.
Don’t waste paper when it comes to paying bills, it’s easier and better for the environment to pay online! Tons of companies offer online bill pay, and some of them might give you a discount. :-)
Instead of using and throwing away paper towels, use washable linens and towels. Read more about “kicking the paper towel habit” here, and click here to learn how to make your own reusable cleaning cloths!
Save fuel, avoid contributing to pollution, and get some fresh air by making an effort to walk and ride your bike when you can. Public transportation and carpooling are good options, too!
Don’t forget to turn off the water while you brush your teeth! A family of four can save 200 gallons of water in a week simply by turning off the water while brushing.
Washing laundry on a cold cycle is more energy-efficient, so wash on cold whenever you can. 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is dedicated just to heating water! Cold water will get your clothes just as clean, unless you’re dealing with an oily stain.
You’ll save energy and money on your electric bill by switching to more energy-efficient bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) use up to 75% less energy than standard bulbs and they last up to 10 times longer!
Remember to turn off the lights when you leave the room! If you have standard incandescent bulbs, then you should keep them off as often as possible. With CFLs, you should only turn off the lights if you won’t be back to that room within fifteen minutes. Otherwise, the switching can reduce the life of the bulb.
Get a recycling bin to reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce logging and other wildlife habitat destruction, and to save space in landfills!
Commercial carwashes have the very best methods for saving water, so go to a carwash instead of doing it yourself. You’ll use about half the water you would in your own yard, and the rinse water will be properly disposed of. This is important because the rinse water could be contaminated with heavy metals, motor oils, and residue from exhaust fumes. When you wash the car at home, the water collects in storm drains which often lead to rivers and canals full of wildlife. This is one cleaning project that I don’t DIY!
How do you make every day Earth Day?