Earth Day Tips to Help Save Energy, Save Money and Save the Environment

With Earth Day approaching on April 22nd, I wanted to share some easy to apply tips that most of us can incorporate into our daily lives.

As I advise when learning new organizing habits, you don’t have to try to do them all at once.  Pick one or two tips at a time and work them into your daily or weekly habits.  Some tips simply require a one-time change, e.g. changing your shower head to a more efficient one, and others will require some reminders to keep it going.

 

 

Use less electricity: 

  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Use the “no heat” setting on your dishwasher
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Close heat and A/C vents in rooms that you’re not using
  • Switch to low wattage light bulbs and turn lights off when not in use.

Use less water:

  • Don’t run the water unnecessarily
  • Do a full load of dishes or laundry at a time
  • Fix a leaking faucet
  • Spend less time in the shower or replace your shower head with a more efficient one.
  • Save rain water to water plants.  Plants prefer it!

Recycle and Reuse:

  • Bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store.
  • Participate in your county’s recycle program, if offered.
  • Host a clothing swap with your friends
  • Instead of buying new, check to see if you already have a substitute you can use, or try to live without it altogether.  Think “less is more”.
  • Swap magazines and books with friends and family.

E-cycle:

  • Take your old electronics to an electronics recycling center, e.g. old computers, tube TVs, VCRs, etc.
  • If you have a Best Buy store nearby, check to see if they are participating in the Best Buy Electronics Recycling Program.

Buy smarter:

  • Appliances: Select energy saving appliances over an appliance that may cost less, but will end up being more costly to run.
  • Vehicles:  If you’re in the market to buy a new vehicle, consider a hybrid model.

Finally, reduce your carbon footprint:

  • If it’s available, take public transportation or walk or bike (if it’s safe to do so).
  • Carpool to work with a colleague – it doesn have to be every day. Take a look at both of your schedules to see if you can carpool at least one day a week.

What one thing can you do today to get started?

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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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13 Responses to Earth Day Tips to Help Save Energy, Save Money and Save the Environment

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  2. Kristine says:

    These are great tips! I’m always looking for more ways to be more environmentally friendly.

    Blessings,
    Kristine
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  3. Those are good tips!
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  4. Thanks for the tips! Pinned them on our Green Living board.

  5. Thanks for the tips, we already watch our water and electricity usage have not looked into e-cycling yet 🙂 Next on the list!
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  6. melissa says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful tips. I am trying to be more earth friendly!
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  7. I use my bike in going to work. Makes me fit and helps the environment at the same time! Helpful tips!
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  8. Mark says:

    Thanks for the tips. I do try to save where I can, but I’m always finding new ways to save more. One simple way to utilize heat is to leave the oven cracked open after you bake something. Make sure no kids are around though, that could be bad.
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