Going green doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re trying to live a more Eco-friendly lifestyle, it’s possible to do on a budget. Let’s talk about ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and give nature a rest. These are some cheap and easy green living tips that anyone can do. Even YOU! 😉
Cleaning, Washing and Laundering
Use nature-friendly cleaning products instead of the commercial detergents offered at stores. Products you buy from the store are typically loaded with toxic ingredients that are harmful for both you and nature. An inexpensive alternative to store-bought cleaners are homemade solutions. You can make your own cleaning products with basic ingredients you have in your kitchen and medicine cabinets. Simply pull out the white vinegar, essential oils, castile soap, rubbing alcohol, baking soda and lemon juice. Check out our DIY Organic Green Cleaning Solutions for more suggestions. Easy, non-toxic and frugal!
With the detergents available these days, there’s no need to pre-rinse dirty plates and glassware. You may be using more water than necessary. Simply run a regular wash cycle on your dishwasher and the results will be as sparkling as if you used the pre-rinse option. If you hand wash the dishes, make sure to stop the water while your are scraping any remaining food off the plates. Try to use very small amounts of water when rinsing.
Use a homemade detergent to do your laundry. We have an awesome DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe you can follow. It doesn’t have to be complicated to make your own laundry powder and it can save you a ton of money. Not to mention, you know you’re not exposing yourself and your family to unnecessary, harmful chemicals.
Brushing your teeth
When brushing your teeth, turn off the water. A good brushing should take you at leas two solid minutes. Just imagine how much water you’ll waste during those two minutes. Take your time getting those pearly whites sparkling and save water. Every drop counts!
Washing your hands
This may seem like common sense, but if you’re new on the green scene this is an easy tip. Don’t leave the water running while rubbing your hands with soap. Get your hands wet, turn off the water, apply soap, scrub, turn the water back on and rinse. Just that minute or two saves a ton of water!
Whenever you can, shower together with your spouse. It’s not only romantic, but it also saves water. Kill two birds with one stone, that’s what I always say! 😉 If your kids still take a bath, try to transition them to the shower. Bathing requires more water. Save water, save money, save Mom’s sanity!
Use half flushes whenever possible to save water. If you get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, skip the nighttime flush. Save it until the morning. If you don’t have a dual-flush toilet, consider buying one.
Use fluorescent bulbs
Trade in your commercial and harmful incandescent light bulbs for non-toxic and energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs.
Unplug your appliances and reduce energy waste
The rule goes – if you don’t use your appliances and electronics, don’t keep them plugged in. The same goes for your phone chargers, coffeemaker, microwave oven, personal computer, television, etc.. You may not realize how much this will affect and reduce your carbon footprint on a yearly basis. The thing about plugged in devices is that they use energy even though they are off. This is the so-called phantom energy. So, you know what to do – simply turn off your electronics and appliances when you don’t use them.
Recycling and Reusing
Instead of using disposable washcloths and dry cleansing cloths, choose sponges, cloths dish towels and microfiber cloths you can use over and over again. It is also good to reduce your usage of paper towels.
Unsubscribe from mail catalogs and junk mail
Receiving mail must be very thrilling but most of the time you don’t even bother to look through all of the stuff you receive weekly. Then why subscribe to it? Probably all the catalogs that lie in the mail box have already been replaced by their online versions, so how about you start browsing your favorite ones?
Or what about your bills and checks? Do you think that you could trade them in for their online alternatives? Receiving bills online is not difficult neither inconvenient. In fact eBills are quite popular already.
If you’re really determined to go green, think about all these factors. Going green doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you may find yourself saving money, staying healthier and being happier when you make a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Reduce your carbon footprint, save money and enjoy life!
These tips are contributed by RenovationMates Hanwell as a guest post.
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