One person can change the world, so let that change begin with you. It is our responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing, reusing and recycling all that we can to save our planet. Going green is on the mind of everyone these days from manufacturers to consumers. Green is not just for tree huggers anymore. It is for everyone who lives on this good earth. With a little practice, going green will become second nature. Take a good look at your home and reevaluate what you can do to go green.
Stop using all those wasteful paper towels and throwaway dust swipes. Instead, buy a dozen white washcloths and use them as all purpose rags to dust, wipe off counters and clean up spills. The washcloths will last a lot longer than a multi pack of paper towels and dust swipes with the added bonus of being less expensive.
Do laundry in the off peak hours and save energy by only washing in cold water. If you have an outdoor clothesline, use it to dry all or at least part of your clothes. There are also indoor clothes racks that are great if you do not have a clothesline.
If you take your lunch to work, use reusable containers instead of plastic baggies. Bring in your coffee cup from home instead of using paper cups. Stop using paper plates at home.
Try using natural cleaners instead of harsh chemical cleaners. Baking soda, vinegar, salt, lemons and dish soap are excellent to use around the house. Salt is a mild abrasive that works well from scrubbing the shower doors to cleaning off baked on food. Use vinegar to mop your floors, clean windows and deodorize the toilet. Baking soda works well to absorb odors in carpets, refrigerators, and garbage disposals. Not only will you be helping the planet by going green, you will also keep more of your money in your wallet.
Sort and recycle your garbage. Think before you throw anything away. Donate unused clothing to a thrift store. Get creative and find another use for all those plastic containers that food or coffee is packaged in. Use your newspapers for weed control in your garden or to make a newspaper log for the fire pit. Lawn clippings can also be used as mulch for your flower or vegetable gardens. Save your coffee grounds and eggshells to use as fertilizer for your plants.
Save energy by watching television in the dark. If your thermostat is programmable, set it accordingly. Lower the thermostat when you are at work or are going to be gone longer for four hours. Consider flushing the toilet less often to save water. Do not rinse your dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher. With today’s energy efficient dishwashers there is no need to rinse them prior to washing. Speaking of water, if must water your lawn, water it deeply once a week instead of every day.
It is important for everyone to go green to reduce our carbon footprint and help save this earth. Take baby steps and begin incorporating these tips into your everyday life and soon you will be going green in no time.