Simple Ways to Go Green (And Save Green) At Home
knows that going green is a good idea. We should all try to do our
part to preserve our planet for future generations.
However, many of
us aren’t sure where to start. Often green ventures like
installing solar panels can be costly and recycling centers may not
be available in some rural areas.
While some projects might seem a
bit daunting, there are several tips that almost anyone can use to be
In addition, these tricks will help you cut costs
as you preserve the environment. You’ll be able to go green while
saving green! Here are five simple ways to go a little greener in
cloth kitchen towels and napkins.
If your household typically uses paper towels in your kitchen, you
probably go through more than you realize. Many people use a roll
or more a week without even thinking about it. Consider switching
to a washable cloth for cleaning up cooking messes and drying your
hands. Using cloth napkins at meals also cuts down on waste,
especially if you have messy kids! You can still keep paper-based
products on hand just in case, but using cloth when you can will
minimize your carbon footprint and save you a little money as a nice
a reusable bottle for beverages. Plastic
water bottles, juice boxes, aluminum soda cans, those trendy
coffeehouse cups… All that waste adds up! Instead of buying
individual containers of beverages, pick up larger jugs of water,
juice, and soda. Purchase a tumbler that you can replenish
throughout the day. You might also consider making your own coffee
at home and refilling a thermos to cut down on the amount of paper
cups you throw away. Again, this tip has the added advantage of
keeping cash in your wallet.
snack foods in bulk. Individual
beverage containers aren’t the only culprit of excessive waste in
your trash can. Think about all the plastic wrappers and paper
boxes that you toss out. One reason for this is the recent trend of
products that are individually packaged for convenience and portion
control. However, it’s just as easy to create your own on-the-go
single servings. Instead of buying a package with several small
bags of chips or cookies, buy larger bags and cases. Place the
appropriate serving size in a small reusable container, such as
Tupperware, and your snack can go with you anywhere. This is an
easy step that only takes a few extra seconds but yields big
benefits. Bulk-sized items are a better value and will really cut
down on unnecessary garbage. This means you’ll take your trash
out less often and therefore contribute to a better environment!
advantage of natural light.
On sunny days, try turning off most of the lights in your home.
Just open the blinds and let the sun’s rays shine in! You’ll
use less energy and save on your utility bill. Plus, studies show
that limiting your exposure to artificial light will help you sleep
better and can help improve your mood. So turn off those lamps and
overhead lights whenever you can!
electronics and small appliances when not in use. People
often don’t realize that things like phone chargers and DVD or
Blu-Ray players still consume energy, just by being plugged in.
The same goes for kitchen items like toasters or blenders, which
many of us leave plugged in day and night on our countertops. Get
into the habit of unplugging your electronic devices and small
appliances as soon as you’re through using them. This routine
will conserve energy and cut electricity costs for your household.
Trying to go green is a goal that many people strive to achieve in their
homes. However, it can be tough to know where to begin. These
simple tips are quick and easy ways that allow nearly anyone to take
a step in the right direction.
If you save a little money in the
process, then helping the environment will be even more satisfying.
So go green and save some green! Get started today!