Posted on March 30th, 2008 by Bruce
16 No Cost Ways to Help the Environment
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – starting with reduce. Lower your carbon footprint by carefully considering each purchase. Is this a “want” or a “need”. Can I get it in good used condition from someplace else? Does it have minimal packaging.
- Operate your large electrical appliances in off-hours. If you use a dryer, run it in off-peak hours. (using a clothes line is even better)
- Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater.
- Make your own household cleaners. It’s easy and quick. See http://greenterrafirma.com/cleaners.html for recipes.
- Shorten your shower times and take fewer baths. (if you buy a low flow shower head you can greatly reduce your hot water usage and keep those longer showers)
- Use your microwave and toaster oven rather than the stove/oven.
- Wash clothes in cold water. Set the water level to the appropriate level and don’t over do the detergent.
- Walk, bike, use public transit and carpool.
- If you are driving your own car, ensure the tires have the correct air pressure and slow down a bit. (though it will cost you a bit of money, a tun-up is worthwhile also)
- Turn off the lights and appliances (tv, radio, computers) when you leave the room.
- Clean the coils on your fridge (every few months) and ensure there is room for air flow around and behind it. Check for air leaks around the door.
- Use your shades to keep the heat out in the summer and let the sunshine in for the winter.
- Lower your thermostat when heating your home and raise it a bit if using air conditioning.
- Compost yard and kitchen waste. Keep meat and fatty kitchen waste out of the compost to avoid unwanted guests at night (skunks, dogs).
- Plant trees in your yard.
- Plant grass, flowers, fruit and vegetables that are native to your area. They will grow much better and won’t need extra water and pesticides to stay healthy.
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