- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. (My favorite)
- Buy your veggies locally from farms or farmers markets. (Others are shipped from all over).
- Buy and use energy efficient light bulbs. (I saw a statistic from GE that said that if every household in the US replaced one light bulb with one of their energy efficient ones, it would save over $600 million in energy costs a year!)
- Recycle. (Ugh!) This is my hardest one! But, instead of trying to recycle everything....just try one or two. Aluminum cans are REALLY easy to identify and is a great start. Peggy says it makes a huge difference to recycle aluminum cans too. There are obviously more things to recycle but it's good to start small when you are an eco dummie!
- Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Yes, it is more convenient, but think of all those bottles that you are saving from a landfill. Use a reusable bottle for your water or drinks. Just use the PBA free ones...not the bad plastic ones.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Hey! I have been doing this one for years too! My clothes last longer and look better longer, and it is a total myth that hot water gets them cleaner!
- Turn off or unplug appliances/chargers/electronics/computers as much as possible. Even though some of these items are turned off they are STILL RUNNING and using electricity! I think this would be a pain unless I got those long power strips and shut down stuff all at once. That would work. This saves tons on your electric bill too!
- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room or house.
- Use eco friendly household cleaners. Keeps those nasty chemicals out of the environment.
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Don't worry about looking like a "bag" lady!
Let me know what you think, or if you have even better ideas that I couldn't think of.
Have eco fun!