Saturday, June 9, 2012

Be Green and Have More Green in Your Pocket

We can all do little things that not only help the earth, but keep money in our pocket.  Here are some suggestions.

In the Kitchen
  • No heat or drying in the dishwasher

  • Only full loads in the dishwasher

  • Recycle, recycle, recycle--chipboard, cardboard, paper, glass, plastic!

  • If you need to run the water hot, put a watering can to collect the water till it gets hot, then use the water for houseplants or outdoors

  • Save the used ice from beverages and put it in the watering can, too

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps, eggs shells, tea bags, dead flowers all go into the compost pile

  • Clean the sink with baking soda

  • Use white vinegar for counter tops and appliances

  • Buy beverages/snacks in large containers and break up into smaller, reusable containers--i.e. no juice boxes (to my children's great disappointment) or individual snacks

  • Wash and reuse foil and storage bags (I only do this with bags that did not have meat in them)

  • Use reusable containers verses sandwich bags

  • Use reusable water bottles and fill with our own filtered water verses buying water bottles
In the Laundry Room
  • Only full loads in the washing machine

  • Try to do all loads in one days as it is more efficient for the dryer to run all at once (the retained heat helps with efficiency)

  • Clean the dryer vent with each load

  • Use white vinegar in the rinse cycle for softening fabrics

  • Hang clothes indoors or out to dry
In the House
  • Turn of the lights and rely on daylight when you can

  • Replace light bulbs with CFL's--especially those lights that are used the most

  • Put the TV and electronics on power switches that can be turned off at night or during the day when no one is home

  • Use house plants to naturally clean the air

  • Keep drapes pulled on cold days in the winter and pull them to keep the hot sun out in the summer

  • Keep the thermostat for heat lower or AC higher when you are not at home or at night

  • Install low flow toilets and aerators on our faucets or replaced with energy efficient ones.
Around the House
  • Compost leaves, clippings, etc. for a natural fertilizer

  • Mulch to conserve watering

  • Don't cut the grass short--it helps choke out weeds plus needs cut less often, saving you gas

  • Plant trees to help keep our house cooler in the summer

  • Grow a vegetable garden
Outside of the House
  • Combine car trips to save on gas and air pollution

  • Brake and gas moderately--this will save you on gas

  • Use reusable shopping bags.  Some stores give you a credit for each bag you bring.
What do you do to be kind to the earth and save some money along the way?

1 comment:

Julie Wood said...

I really like all of these important tips! I do a lot of these to save money at our house! Some of these things I did not think about doing and I will be doing more!

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