If you start now, you can be living greener by the end of the day. That’s how simple being eco-friendly can be. A few small changes add up to living a greener lifestyle and leaving a smaller carbon footprint behind. Start now by changing the way you drink water.
Invest in a reusable glass or metal container and use it daily to quench your thirst. Your daily drinking water will cost less and no more plastic bottles will be heading to the landfill.
A low-flow, high-efficiency shower head feels like it showers down the same amount of water, but it doesn’t. A small investment of time and money will save you and the planet thousands of gallons of water each year.
Turn off Stove
Minutes before your food is completely cooked, turn your stove off and place a lid on the pot or turn the oven off and leave the door closed. There will be enough residual heat in the pot or oven to finish cooking the food.
Give up eating meat one day a week. This is not only good for the planet by helping to reduce greenhouse gases and other eco-unfriendly byproducts emitted by animals and their slaughter, but reducing meat consumption gives your digestive system and wallet a break.
Fresh fruit and vegetables left in the fridge until they are the opposite of fresh sets the stage for bacteria and mold growth inside the kitchen appliance which in turn hastens the spoilage of other chilled foods. Purge fridge often and wash down produce bins to remove bacteria.
Use cheap white vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. Both are natural products that will clean and deodorize without leaving behind a chemical trail. White vinegar also disinfects surfaces.
Cold water will clean your clothes just as well as warm, especially when using a cleaning agent formulated for cold water. Wash only full loads and use the coldest temperature setting for greener living.
Slow and Steady
Slow down your driving speed and avoid sudden starts and stops to help your vehicle be more fuel efficient.
Do all you can as close to home as possible. If work, school, shopping and social outings are kept local, less fuel is used for travel and it keeps your money within your own community.
Why buy it new when you can swap for it. ‘It’ could be kid’s sporting equipment, DVDs, books and a host of other things that you can swap with family, friends or neighbors or on any number of online trading sites.