It can be hard to be green every moment of our lives. But sometimes your kids just want to have those plastic water bottles and plastic sandwich bags for their lunches. To make life easier on you.
But in the meantime, you can do something about going green by applying environmentally friendly practices in your home and in your life. You could start by greening your home.
There are many areas where you can greener life.
In the house…
- If you are building a new home. You will want to research what is involved with building an
Eco-friendly home. Or if you are currently thinking about renovating, consider applying some environmentally friendly principles into your redesign.
- Make your refrigerator efficient. Cleaning the coils every six months will help you use less energy and save money, as will making the temperature in the fridge 38-40 degrees, and the freezer around 0.
- Unplug electronics when not in use. TVs, DVD players, computers, and other major electronics, If they’re all plugged into a power strip, it makes it easier to unplug.
- Switch to fluorescent bulbs. It takes only 10 minutes to do, they’re cheap and hugely energy efficient. This could possibly be the easiest and most effective money and energy saver you can do in your house.
- Get a low-flow toilet. If those cost too much, a low-tech alternative is to put a brick or plastic milk jug filled with pebbles in the toilet tank. Space it takes up reduces the amount of water needed to fill the tank, so you’ll save gallons (and money) with each flush.
- Natural Lighting. If you are building a new house, make a conscious effort to use natural lighting as much as possible to take advantage of the positioning of your house. The installation of skylights is an effective way to brighten up and bring in light to different parts of your home.
Around the House…
- Rain Water Tanks. Consider installing rainwater tanks to collect precious water. It’s nice to have your own supply of water, which can be used for a variety of purposes around the house and garden. It is also an essential to assess your water usage requirements so that you purchase the right size rainwater tank or tanks for your household needs.
- Plant a garden. Even if you live in an urban area, kids enjoy planting seeds in a windowsill and watching the plants grow. It gets them closer to nature and is a fun activity to do as a family. It helps with the quality of air around your home and brings the family closer together.
- Walk! I know it sounds simple, but… Wait, no, it is simple. Walk!
Out and About…
- Bring your own grocery bag. When shopping, bring cloth bags instead of using the plastic ones. Rather than getting a paper or plastic bag from them you can place your purchased items in your own bag. Look for one that is durable, so it you can reuse it over and over again.
- Recycle. Recycling is one of the easiest as well as most effective ways that you can help the environment. There are plenty of different projects at home, you can separate from your trash for this purpose.
- Buy recycled paper. Kids need paper for school at the start of every year, and usually times in between. Purchase recycled paper. Is a great way to show your support for these efforts. You will notice some greeting cards are made from recycled paper.
The responsible, wanting-to-be-green parent, we put together a list of things to do around the house that can help reduce waste, reduce electricity (which saves money) and help the environment in small ways that aren’t stressful.
Can you do something about it?