There is a direct connection between the health of our planet and our own personal health. Many changes that benefit the earth, also benefit you and your pocket book. Today is Earth Day and to celebrate here are some easy tips to “GO GREEN”:
Lights Out — Be sure to turn out lights when you are not in the room. Rely on natural light during the day. The use of lamps instead of overhead lighting can also reduce energy consumption.
Power Off — Have you ever heard about “phantom power?” The electronics you have plugged in, such as your television, phone chargers, and appliances, utilize energy even when off. Unplug devices and appliances while not in use to reduce this “phantom” energy consumption.
Full Loads — When washing laundry or dishes, in most cases the same amount of power is used if the load is small or large. Ensure you are running a full load to maximize the energy efficiency.
Wash Smarter — When doing laundry ensure you use cold water and hang to dry whenever possible.
Green your Commute — Help to reduce air pollution by carpooling, taking public transportation, or walk or bike when possible. Or, if permitted, see if you can work from home.
Buy Local — Support the local economy while reducing pollution caused by large factory production and transport.
Say Goodbye to Harmful Chemicals — A simple mix of vinegar and water can clean almost anything! Try using 50/50 mix to reduce the chemicals you release into the air and water supply.
Meatless Mondays — Try going meatless at least once a week. The production of meat is one of the top emitters of greenhouse gasses. You’ll notice a benefit for your health, the health of the earth and your bottom (and bottom line)!
Plant Something… Anything — By planting trees, flowers, plants or vegetables inside or out, you can help to purify the air you breathe.
BYOB… bag that is — Ensure you always have a reusable shopping bag in your car or purse so you are always prepared. Reducing unnecessary plastic waste can go a long way to greening the earth!
Why Buy Bottles When you Have a Tap — Consider filling a reusable water bottle to save money and garbage.