Help reduce your carbon footprint and conserve our natural resources every day by following these going green tips.
While Earth Day may only come around every April 22nd, there are many simple ways that we can protect the Earth’s resources every single day. Here are some easy going green tips to save you time, money and help the environment.
Going Green: Water Use
- Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth. You’ll save 25 gallons of water per month, and save on your water bill.
- Adjust water sprinklers so the water is only hitting the lawn and not the house, sidewalks, or cars.
- Fix leaky faucets and install water-reducing shower heads to help save on your monthly water bill.
- Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot. Heating up the water alone accounts for 90 percent of the energy use.
- Don’t rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. This will not only save you 20 gallons of water per load but can also be a huge time saver.
- You want your lawn to be lush and green. One of the best ways to achieve this (and save water) is by watering your lawn and garden in the evening and early morning. If you water your lawn during the hottest parts of the day, the water won’t soak into the soil because it’s evaporated into the air. It’s a waste of water.
Going Green: Electricity
- When you’re leaving a room, turn off the lights. By turning the lights off, you’re conserving energy and decreasing your electrical bill.
- Starting in 2007, incandescent light bulbs have been getting phased out and replaced with the more energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Replace your old light bulbs with CFLs to conserve energy. CFLs also have a longer lifespan, so you won’t be spending the money on new bulbs as often. You can learn more about the types of light bulbs available in our lighting and electrical blog section.
Going Green: Waste Reduction
- Disposing of waste properly is a great step toward going green. One of the easiest ways is to pick up after your dog. The dog poop can flow into storm drains and pollute the water. Investing in a pooper scooper will help you with easy cleanup.
- Use reusable bags instead of the store-provided plastic ones when you go shopping. Keep them in your car so you don’t leave them at home on your next shopping trip.
- Switch from paper to online bill payments. You’ll reduce your paper waste.
- Separate your glass, aluminum metals, plastic and paper products from the garbage and put them in the recycling bin.
- If you like to start your day with coffee from a coffee shop, one of the easiest ways of going green is using your own coffee cup. There is a plethora of travel mugs to choose from. Many coffee shops are willing to fill your cup, and some even give you a discount for going green.
Going Green: Energy Use
- When you replace home appliances, buy energy efficient models.
- Reduce your energy use and bill by drying your laundry on an outdoor clothesline in the warmer months. In the colder months, you can use an indoor drying rack.
- Check to see if your ceiling fans have a switch to make them change directions – this helps you save on your energy bills. In the warmer months, make sure that the ceiling fan blades are moving counterclockwise to make a downward breeze. In the colder months your fan should be moving clockwise to create an updraft, which pushes the warmer air at the ceiling downward to the floor.
- Everyone likes being comfortable, but lowering your thermostat temperature one degree can often save between one and three percent on your energy bill.
- If you have the space to do it, consider planting a tree in your yard. Not only is this a great family project, but it is good for the environment. If you plant your tree on the west side of your home, it can eventually provide shade and naturally cool your home.
- Clean out the lint from your dryer’s filter trap every time you use it. Also, make sure to wash the mesh filter at least every six months with soap and water. Waxy buildup can be left behind on your mesh filters from dryer sheets. Air can’t pass through the filter, which makes your dryer work even harder.
- For south and west facing windows, leave your window blinds closed in the summer to keep out sunlight and keep your house cool. In the winter, open the blinds to let in natural light to warm your rooms and decrease the use of your heaters.
Going green doesn’t have to only happen on Earth Day. By making these small changes in your every day life, you’ll help the environment while increasing your quality of life.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we also want to help the environment. We have invested in eco-friendly alternatives in multiple stores. Just one example is our state of the art store in Verona,Wis. We pride ourselves on going green and continually reducing our carbon footprint.