I have been receiving Lowe's Creative Ideas magazine and the September/October issue had some good & easy suggestions for Going Green.
SAVE - Choose energy star for light bulbs, kitchen appliances, ceiling fans and dehumidifiers. This will help you the environment and according to them could help as much as 30% on your utility bills.
REUSE - Salvage items that are in good shape and maybe just need a face lift. You could give them away or sell them in a yard sale. We found a place in Magnolia where you can donate old appliances.
CONSERVE WATER - If we turn off the tap while brushing our teeth in the morning and at bedtime that can save up to 8 gallons of water A DAY. I just thought that one was huge but it will take getting in to the habit of not letting the water run.
Promptly fix drips and leaks, a leaky toilet can waste as much as 100 gallons of water per day. These are such easy things to do and look at how much water you can save.
CONSERVE ENERGY - Turn off lights as you leave a room; this is another one that requires becoming a habit. I use to tell my children the light flips both ways. Now that our daughter has her own apartment I noticed she NEVER leaves lights on now. Funny how things change when she is paying for the electricity herself!
RENEW - Look for items that are made from rapidly renewable or recycled materials. Some examples give for this would be cork or bamboo floors as well as recycled carpet.
RECYCLE - I wish we had a better recycling program in our area. When we lived in North Carolina they had a wonderful program. There are a few things that can be recycled though such as aluminum cans and paper products. Living out in the county we don't really have a city to recycle for us maybe we need to make our needs known to Precinct 4 on this.
COMPOST - Some kitchen scraps such as coffee grounds and apple cores can be made into compost.
CLEANING PRODUCTS - Look for naturally derived cleaning products or opt for the good old baking soda and vinegar. I have actually been using organic cleaners for quite sometime especially when I am cleaning around the kitchen or the bathroom.
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