Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cheap and easy ways to reduce your impact on the environment

Everyone would love to be able to have brand new energy star appliances or solar panels on their roof but these things do not come cheap. However, there are plenty of easy and cheap or free ways to reduce your impact on the planet.

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
  • Fix that leaky faucet.
  • Adjust the temperature in your house by just one degree cooler in the winter and one degree warmer in the summer.
    • or instead of turning the heat up, snuggle up in a blanket or heavy sweatshirt
  • Change your light bulbs to energy saving bulbs. We did this in my house and we saved almost $100 a month.
  • Cover you windows in plastic during the winter to conserve heat and energy.
  • Turn the water supply to your hose off during the winter and times you are not using it.
  • Carpool with others. This will also save you money.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when you are not using them. This seems simple but how many people leave the t.v on at night? or leave the lights on when you leave the room?
  • Unplug things you are not using. Yes, even if something is off, it still uses energy if plugged in.
  • Take some time off your showers, even if it's only one minute. Everything counts.
  • Water your garden at night. This will be a wiser use of the water because less will evaporate and you will have to water less.
  • Switch to online billing. This will save all that paper that you just end up throwing out anyway
  • Recycle! For a good list of things you can recycle go to:
All the things I listed are either really cheap or free and easy. If everyone does these simple things, we can be on our way to a greener planet. Remember, every bit counts so try to take just one thing from my list and incorporate it into your life!

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