Turn off the lights when you leave a room
Shut down your computer & other electronics when not in use
Use energy-efficient lightbulbs
Use candles when and where you can – you’ll love the ambiance it adds to your home!
Carpool when you can
If possible, drive a fuel-efficient vehicle
Walk or bike where and when you can – you’ll be killing two birds with one stone by getting great exercise in the beautiful outdoors!
Plan your errands in advance and do as many as you can at once – this will make your life easier and by saving you time and money on gas…plus you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint!
Challenge yourself to take a speedier shower – and try not to use water that’s too hot. (Lukewarm or cool water is better for your skin’s hydration, anyway!)
Conserve water during activities like brushing your teeth – by turning off the faucet while you’re actually brushing!
Don’t unnecessarily leave water running while doing the dishes, and if you use a dishwasher, make sure it’s fully loaded before running it so you don’t expend energy unnessarily.
If you can, install low-flow shower heads and toilets
Wash clothes in cold water
Hang to dry
Look for an energy-efficient washing machine (and/or dryer, if you’re opposed to hanging your clothes out to dry
All of these above will save you money on your electric bill, plus it will keep your clothes in tip-top condition! Excessive heat and drying can cause a lot of wear and tear on your favorite clothing.
- Recycle all packaging and consumer goods that you can.
- Buy products with minimal and recyclable packaging.
- Dispose of electronics in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Aim to make the conscious effort of recycling part of your daily routine.
- Donate clothes to charity
- Convert old clothes, like tee-shirts, into rags for cleaning
- Host a garage sale and sell any unwanted items – someone can use them!
- You’ll reduce waste that contributes to overflowing landfills and contribute to your community and those in need!
- Look for high efficiency units when updating, buying or replacing your units.
- Appliances with ENERGY STAR ratings use a minimum of 20 % less energy.
- If possible, switch to a front-loaded washer – these use about half the water a top loader traditionally uses!
- This means you’ll save on your energy bill, and protect the environment!
- Choose plants that require minimum water and work best with your climate
- Plant a tree – it will soak up Carbon from the atmosphere
- Create a sustainable, organic garden – you’ll reduce CO2 emissions that occur during the transportation of packaged goods – and you’ll feel healthier and more grounded while eating from it!
- If you plant acid-craving flowers, like azaleas, spread used coffee grinds over them! They’ll grow beautifully and you won’t have to invest in an expensive, potentially chemical-laden fertilizer.
- Bring your own bag when grocery shopping or running errands
- Look for eco-friendly bags that are made of recycled materials, to reduce plastic
- Stop “brown-bagging” your lunch! Instead use a sustainable, BPA-free container that is washable and reusable.
- You’ll save money and potentially extra fees, as stores have started to charge for bagging items
- Open the windows in your home, weather-permitting
- This can save you on the need for AC or Heat
- You’ll get a nice dose of fresh air that most cooling and heating devices can’t provide!
For more eco-friendly and clean living tips, visit my magazine, The Clean Method. ♥