1.) Save Energy –
eCycle! Take your old TV, computer, stereo, or any other electronics that you don’t use anymore to an electronic recycling center. eCycling helps cut land, air, and water pollution by saving certain minerals (such as copper and gold) that were in your old electronic device.
Leaving you car at home only twice a week can reduce green house gas emissions by 1,600 pounds a year! It is also a great way to save gas and get more exercise by walking or biking to your destination. Get your shopping and errands done all at once to save time and energy.
2.) Be Smart on How You Use Your Water –
Only run your dishwasher when it’s a completely full load! It reduces the amount of water and energy it takes to wash the dishes and you won’t have to clear the dishwasher so many times. Also, you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load, according to the EPA.
Reduce your shower times! A full bathtub of water is about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five minute long shower will only use about 10-25 gallons.
If you have a leak from a rainy day and do not have time to repair it, put a bucket under the leak and after the bucket is full of water, you can use that water to water your plants.
3.) Reduce / Reuse / Recycle –
Help protect the environment when you shop. Keep reusable bags on your car seat or near your door so they are easy to grab when you go. And you can even combine shopping bags – just tell the cashier that you don’t need a bag, then put all your purchases together in one bag.
Don’t throw it away – reuse it! There are plenty of fun and creative ways to reduce the amount of household waste. Give cardboard tubes to pet hamsters or gerbils. Plant seeds in an egg carton. Make a flower pot out of a plastic ice cream tub. By thinking creatively, you will often find new uses for common items and new ways to recycle and reduce waste.