We all want to do our part to protect the environment, but it can seem difficult at times. But doing your part doesn’t have to be hard. Small steps add up to a big difference, you just have to know which ones to take.
1. Use Less Water
Saving water is all about small steps, here are a few that will help save big.
-Shut off the water while you brush your teeth.
-Take showers that are a minute or two shorter or install an eco-friendly shower head.
- Only flush the toilet when you need to and adopt the saying… when it’s yellow, let it mellow, when it’s brown, flush it down or install a dual flush converter for your toilet.
- Only run full loads of laundry and dishes.
2. Use Less Energy
If buying a hybrid car or converting your house to solar power, isn’t on your to-do list, you can make a big difference with these small changes.
- Buy energy efficient appliances. They may be more expensive, but make up for the increased cost in lower energy bills.
- Unplug chargers when you’re not using them. Cell phone and other chargers use up powers even if there’s nothing attached to them.
- Put devices with remotes, like T.V.s, VCRs, and stereos, on a power strip and turn it off when you’re not using them. These devices use a lot of power to run the remote receiver even when the device is off.
- Walk or ride your bike for short trips.
- Swap out your light bulbs for energy efficient bulbs, such as LED Lightbulbs.
When it comes to saving energy and water, it’s a great idea to get the kids involved. You can even make it a game. Have them track how much water and electricity everyone is using. You can compete to see who uses the least water. You can often count on your kids to help keep you on track when given the task.
Most of us know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, but when we work on conserving, we often leave reuse out of the picture. While you can often find tips on how to reuse common products online, what you need most is creativity. With a little thought there are many items around your home that can be reused – toilet paper holders can be used to sow seeds for the vegetable garden. Old yogurt containers can be cut into strips to make plant labels and old food jars can be refilled with homemade foods or can make great vases or planters.
We all know that going green has a positive impact on our environment, but it can help you save money too! We have many ways to help you go green in the store, stop by and let us help you!