Going green can be intimidating. Composting, biking to work, and installing gray water systems are all great ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but they also require an investment of time or money upfront. Here are a few cheap and easy ways to go green. You’ve got to start somewhere!
Opt out of unwanted catalogues, credit offers, and junk mail. Each home receives about 69 pounds of junk mail a year. This link shows you how to stop unwanted mailings.
Stop using water bottles. This one is a no-brainer. (Many bottled water companies use tap water anyway.)
Swap out your bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than conventional bulbs. They save you energy and about $83 throughout the life of each bulb.
Shop at farmers’ markets when possible. The average food item travels about 1500 miles before it arrives at your grocery store. Support local farmers and decrease your carbon footprint by joining a CSA or shopping at the farmers’ market.
Recycle. This one’s a no-brainer, but here’s a handy list of what you can and can’t recycle.
Wait for a full load. Stop washing half-loads of laundry and dishes. Americans use 21,000 gallons of water on laundry alone. 90% of the energy in washing machines and 80% in dishwashers goes toward heating the water. Wait to wash until you have a full load and consider using the cold cycle.
Turn off the tap. Don’t let the water run while you wash your face or scrub your dishes. Use the tap to wet whatever you’re cleaning and to rinse it off only. Turn it off while you scrub away.
Swap out disposables. Use cloth napkins instead of papers, and use a dish towel or sponge to clean up messes rather than paper towels. Use reusable canvas bags at the grocery rather than plastic.
Support local businesses. Small businesses are more likely to support each other, contribute to charitable causes, and limit outsourcing. Plus, it keeps your obey in your community.
Recycle old electronics. This link helps you find recycling facilities for your retired gadgets.
Meatless Mondays. 15% of all greenhouse gasses come from farming livestock. Try cutting your meat consumption just once a week.
Try these small changes to reduce your environmental impact everyday.