With everyone’s regularly scheduled program coming up this August who doesn’t need a friendly reminder how to keep up to speed being green? You don’t have to stress out by cramming more and more into your days to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are a few suggestions to keep you eco-friendly this fall.
Program Your Thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat scoot on out and get yourself one for not that much money that starts paying you and our environment back right away. Set it for when you sleep, wake, and leave. Make it warmer during the hours you’re away and more comfortable when you’re home. No worrying or hassle to remember to reset it multiple times a day.
Step it Up a Notch: Enroll in NV Energy’s Smart Thermostat program and participate in their small challenges, such as turning up the temperature 4 degrees, to see your bill and footprint decrease.
Keep It Recyclable
Plastic is so convenient but it’s so horrible in the landfills. Try to skip the bags and bottles. Invest in reusable food storage for your meals on the go along with a reusable water bottle. You can get ones specifically made for different kinds of meals. Even fun ones your kids will enjoy.
Step it Up a Notch: Get ones that are made from recycled or recyclable materials. Also, take your reusable coffee mug to Starbucks for a 10 cent discount on your drink!
Change Up Your School Supplies
Buying school supplies is inevitable for most of us. Try brands with mostly if not all recycled materials or supplies that biodegrade easily. Crayons made with a soybean blend instead of petroleum-based paraffin wax biodegrade quicker and color more brightly!
Step it Up a Notch: Take your reusable bags when you shop for school supplies at Target and get a 5 cent discount per bag brought and used.
Reduce Idling Times
With nicer weather approaching try to turn your engine off as much as possible when you’re waiting, say for your kids to quit chatting on their way to the car. You’ll most likely save enough on gas to keep encouraging you to do so.
Step it Up a Notch: Talk to other parents, the school board even, about spreading the habit when doable. Remind them that it will help your littles breathe cleaner air as well.
Turn Off the Faucet
Flu season is coming up and with that comes the annual reminders to wash your hands appropriately. Many of us leave the sink running while we do. Considering an average bathroom faucet flow rate is 1.5 gallons a minute, if you turn off the sink while you wash for the recommended 20 seconds you’ll save half a gallon. If you wash your hands at least 5 times a day that turns out to be over 77 gallons saved.
Step it Up a Notch: Wherever you are only turn the faucet to as fast of a flow rate as you actually need, not the default full speed.
Easy and simple, right? You don’t have to live off the grid or be a popular TV scientist to be green. All you have to do is what you can to help. With incentives popping up everywhere you’re wallet can be rewarded alongside of you too without much effort.