Eco-friendly habits

There are easy changes to make to help the planet a little bit extra.

Here are my top tips:

  1. Change your electricity provider to one that only invests in and sells 100% green energy, like wind power and/or solar. Or install solar panels on your roof.
  2. Be mindful about your electricity use. Hanging clothes to dry instead of throwing them in the dryer is a great and easy savings tip. When you are away from home, don’t blast the A/C or heater.
  3. Avoid plastic. Plastic is made from fossil fuels. Opt for paper, carton or metal, whenever possible. These materials are easier to recycle. Always recycle them!
  4. Take your own to-go cup and shopping bags with you every day. If you are in your car anyway, what’s the problem bringing them? There’s no need for fancy stuff, as long they’re reusable.
  5. At home, use reusable containers for leftovers, lunches, veggies and meals, instead of using a one-time Ziploc or other bag. (Recycling a Ziploc takes effort, people and trucking = energy). Use fabric cloths instead of paper towels.
  6. Be mindful about your waste. For example, plastic produce bags: are you going to eat the peel of your melon, kiwi, banana or onions? No? Then why do you need to protect them with a bag? Do you need a straw to drink that water? No? Then why did you ask for one?
  7. Don’t leave water running for no reason. While you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes, turn it off and turn on again when you need to rinse.
  8. Drive an electric car. I have to say it, though I wouldn’t call it an easy tip. In the current car market it is not easy to buy a new, good car in that category. But when it’s time for something new, consider it! Combined with solar panels or a green electricity provider, you’re on your way to major CO2 savings.
  9. Off-set your Carbon Footprint. A great idea to help out is to use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to see approximately how much CO2 your household produces. Try a google search or use this LINK. When you know your number, offset the same amounts by purchasing carbon credits! One way to do that is by investing in planting trees at, for example, Stand For Trees dot org. Here’s a LINK to get planting!