Teaching Your Children to Go Green
Whether we mean to do damage or not, it is a fact that many of the
things we do and the products we use affect the environment. But it's
not only possible, in fact it is quite easy to make simple small changes
that will go a long way towards reducing the damage that is being done
to the environment. Here are 10 going green tips you can use right now
to help protect our environment.
1. Stop buying disposable cloths for cleaning. Instead get some soft
cotton cloths. These can be easily washed and then re-used over and over
2. Refill plastic spray pump bottles as you run out instead of buying a
new one. If you purchase cleaning products in bulk whenever possible,
you can easily refill the smaller spray bottle.
3. Avoid products with excess packaging. Instead buy everything from
spices to rice at bulk food stores.
4. You don't have to use those aerosol sprays to keep your home odor
free. You can make your own room deodorizer by combining lemon juice
with water in a spray bottle. You can also put a container of baking
soda in your kitchen garbage container and your refrigerator to cut down
5. Use products that are plant based instead of chemical based whenever
possible to limit the impact on our environment.
6. Install a programmable thermostat and set it at a lower temperature
during sleeping hours or whenever you are away from the house. You'll
save both money and energy.
7. And speaking of lower temperatures, there is another way to reduce
energy usage while saving a few bucks. Try adding extra layers of
clothing before you crank up the heat. Instead of t-shirts and bare feet
in winter, opt for a cozy sweatshirt and socks.
8. Unplug your cell phone charger when you're not actually charging your
phone. As much as 95% of the energy used by cell phone chargers is
wasted when it's left plugged in.
9. Install a timer that will automatically turn lights off and on when
you are not home. These can be used both indoors and outside. It saves
energy and makes it look like someone is home even when you're not.
10. Don't put hot foods into a fridge. It uses a lot of energy bringing
the food down to the right temperature. Instead, let food cool naturally
to room temperature before putting it into your fridge.
These 10 going green tips can go a long way toward protecting our
environment. And it won't cost much to implement any of them. In fact
you'll end up saving far more than you spend.
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