Green Tips

  • If you ain’t using ’em, yank ’em! Any electronic gizmo that has a clock, digital timer, power charger or standby mode is sucking energy (called “phantom electricity”) when it’s not being used. Wherever possible, unplug electronic devices when not in use.
  • Winter heating. Allow the sunlight in during the day, for passive solar heating, but close the window and blinds each night.
  • Buy “Energy Star” rated appliances. Compare the energy savings among different Energy Star models when shopping fora new appliance. As well as energy, some dishwashers and washing machines will also save dozens of litres of water per load.
  • Where does your energy come from? Check with your electric company. Worldwide, more electricity is generated from coal – the fossil fuel that’s the biggest GHG emitter – than any other source.
  • Sprinkle some baking soda into your vacuum bag to help reduce musty pet smells being spread throughout your house when vacuuming.
  • A billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year globally, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. Consider e-cards, handmade cards on recycled paper, or paper free greetings instead.
  • Consider getting fair trade chocolate for your sweetheart this year and buying locally grown flowers. Instead of a gift, what about a donation to your local heart foundation?
  • Burning candles emit greenhouse gases! Most candles you buy at the supermarket are made from paraffin wax, which is a byproduct of oil refining. Earth-friendly candles can be purchased or made with renewable soy wax or beeswax.
  • Cut out the junk food. You really are made of what you eat, so try to cut out the processed, corn syrup-filled foods, the hydrogenated oils and artificial ingredients – from your own diet and those of your children … and even your pets!
  • Recycle clothes. Buy clothes from clothing resellers such as consignment stores. Remember reuse is on the to-do list ahead of recycling.
  • Use green and/or recycled building supplies for home improvement projects. Use natural paints and sustainably harvested materials such as bamboo. Instead of tossing unwanted lumber, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures, donate them so they can be reused.
  • Use organic fertilizers and pest control, as well as companion plants in your garden. Not only do wild animals come in contact with your garden, so do you, your pets and your children.
  • Improve your indoor air quality with plants and by keeping your home well ventilated.
  • Shift your financial investments and retirement funds into socially and environmentally responsible funds, also called ethical funds.

About heathereyestone

I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids, the youngest being twins. I try to live my life as green as I can, and love the outdoors.
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