The Low Down On Green Living
April 24th, 2008
Here are five easy ways you may not have thought of for living a more low impact life. They’re simple to do and will save water and energy, and lessen your contribution to global warming.
1. Put a bucket in your shower to catch the water as the water warms up. If you don’t have a tankless water heater or you don’t want to go to the expense of a re-circulating water pump, then just put a bucket in the shower and save the otherwise wasted water. You can use that water for your plants, for your animals, for dishes… it’s easy!
2. Don’t use bags for your fruits and veggies at the grocery store. A lot of people take reusable shopping bags to the store now (and thank you for doing so!), but they still get the little plastic bags for their fruits and vegetables. Did you know you can just throw those in your basket and then weigh them at the counter in separate piles? No need for those little baggies.
3. Eat by candlelight one night each week. It’s romantic, it’s fun, and you just saved thousands of watts of electricity each year. You might even go so far as to forego TV one night a week. Talking or reading– imagine the carbon-free possibilities!
4. Turn your water heater down– but wait there’s more! A lot of people have heard that they should turn down the temperature on their water heater….but have you turned it down to the point that you don’t have to mix in cold water when you shower? Think about it– if you have to mix in cold water, you’re wasting the heat that was used to make your hot water its scalding temperature. So turn it down all the way until it’s comfortable to use the hot water by itself. (And then get an aerating showerhead to cut your use of water even more.)
5. Use the microwave instead of the oven. Did you know that your microwave is much more energy efficient than your oven? And admit it– you were looking for an excuse to use the microwave anyway.
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