April 22, 2010

Earth day 2010

Happy earth day, everyone. I thought today, i'd give you some tips on saving money and staying green. i'm sure that you've heard most of these, but i'll give them to you anyway.

i'm sure that it goes without saying that you can save energy and cut costs by making sure that you turn off the lights when you leave a room. i used to hate sitting in a dark house, but it doesn't bother me so much anymore-open the windows and let the light in! also, turn off the tv! think of all the energy that is wasted by having it on all day. not only do you find better things to do, but you also miss adds that make us want to spend money!

you can conserve water and save on your bill by putting a brick in the toilet tank. a brick in the tank can save almost 1/3 of a gallon every time you flush. this works really well if you have an older toilet-newer toilets have smaller tanks and are mostly designed to use less water.

instead of spending money on household cleaners that contain chemicals, take a look in your pantry. 2 of the most important and versatile cleaners are right there-baking soda and vinegar. you would be amazed at what these 2 items can be used for and they are extremely cheap.

When it comes to things that i pack in school lunches like applesauce, fruit, pudding, jello, i have stopped buying the prepackaged servings. not only is it cheaper to buy a large jar of applesauce or a box of jello, but you save some waste by eliminating all those little plastic cups.

we are also seriously considering becoming a single car family. rarely are we both gone in separate cars and when we are, one of us is in town and can walk instead of driving. it would save us money on gas (obviously we always keep gas in both cars, never knowing which one we're going to use) and insurance. it would take one car off the road and maybe a few pounds off my behind and put some much needed cash in our pockets.

last, but not least, use reusable grocery bags. this doesn't save you money right now, but could in the long run. it takes millions of gallons of oil to produce plastic bags that could be used for fuel and heat. not to mention the fact that most of these bags become litter, kill thousands of marine animals a year. they take 1000 years to break down in a landfills and break down into smaller particles that contaminate water and soil. you can find reusable bags anywhere these days. i bought my grocery bags (pictured above) from envirosax.com. they have a variety of colors and patterns. mine came in a pack of 5 that roll up and fit conveniently into a very small pouch that i can keep in my glove box then put in my purse.

that's all i have time for today. remember, "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed." – Mohandas K. Gandhi

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