What are you doing to take an active role in living green? There are many things you can do daily to start making our planet a better place to live now and for our future generations. Being a good steward in all things is what pleases the Lord–including how we treat the planet He gave us to enjoy!
Here are 12 Tips to Start Living Green — The Smart Way!
1. Tap Water
I know in many places drinking tap water is plain nasty, but use a filter or boil your water, let it cool and then fill your jugs and put them in the fridge. Yes, it’s time consuming, but it’s also time consuming to take them back to the recycling depot.
It doesn’t hurt to ask your boss if you can work part-time from home. They may not see it as being effective or practical, but that’s because they don’t know the benefits of telecommuting.
3. Conserve Water
Take shorter showers; turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth. rinsing the dishes or washing vegetables. Run the dishwasher only when it’s full or choose a shorter wash cycle. Opt out of heat drying and have your kids dry the dishes by hand.
Switch your shower heads to water saving ones and if you can switch to a low flush toilet.
Pack your kids’ lunches using containers or a thermos. If they take juice boxes to school, make sure they know to put it in the recycling bin at school. It’ll be worthwhile to have a reusable plastic bottle for water or juice.
Pack a lunch for your hubby and a travel coffee mug so he can buy his coffee from his favorite coffee shop and use it at work.
Unplug any appliances from the electrical outlet. With the growing use of today’s technology like smartphones, tablets and of course laptops, you can power down your desktop computer instead of leaving it on or in sleep mode.
Only print documents if you have to and utilize both sides. Many companies are going to or have gone paperless. If you’re receiving paper bills, opt for electronic billing.
7. Reusable Grocery Bags
When you go grocery shopping, bring your own reusable cloth bags. They are durable and comfortable to carry. They are easy to store, so leave a few in your car or purse.
Be conscious of your garbage. Plastic, cans, containers, bottles, paper, vegetable and fruit peels can be recycled or composted.
9. Office Supplies
Use paper clips or fold back clips; mechanical pencils, and crayons instead of markers.
Make fewer trips to do errands or grocery shopping. If it’s within walking distance, keep the car at home. Consider using transit instead of your car. Pay your bills online or by phone.
11. Home Maintenance
Fix leaky faucets and toilets as they waste a lot of water daily.
Collect rainwater to use in your garden.
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