You’ve made the choice, got your mindset right and are ready to learn how to go green at home. Let’s dive in!
RELATED: Beginners Guide to Going Green
Around the House
You may remember these few tips to get started that I shared in the Beginners Guide to Going Green.
Time to dig in deeper, go green at home and make an even bigger positive impact.
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Why not try a few of these throughout your home?
Switch to cleaning products without harmful chemicals – many cleaning products contain chemicals that are not only harmful to your health but also harmful to the environment. These are the non-toxic cleaning products I use in my home.
Add some houseplants – houseplants not only help to improve indoor air quality, they are also a cheaper, easy decoration.
Switch to CFL lightbulbs – CFL bulbs last longer (typically) and use less energy than traditional bulbs.
Turn off lights – when a room is vacant, why does the light need to be on? I constantly ask my son this question.
Don’t let water run – it’s wasteful and costs money.
Raise the thermostat in the summer, lower it in the winter – use ceiling fans in the summer, add a layer in the winter. Summer can be a bit more difficult because when you’re hot, you’re hot. You can also try turning the thermostat up one degree at a time so your body can get used to a warmer temperature.
Buy products made from recycled materials – products made from recycled materials help to protect natural resources.
Reuse scrap paper – if you’re a list maker like me, you know a scrap sheet of paper is all you need. I keep a box that we just throw paper in that can be reused for lists and such.
Print on both sides of the paper – save an extra sheet and use the back side for brainstorming, drawing, etc.
Open blinds or shades to heat the room – let the sun shine in and warm up the room.
Close blinds or shades to cool the room – block out the heat with blinds or blackout shades.
Fix air leaks – it’s not only more energy efficient but it saves money.
In the Bathroom
Why not try some of these to go green in the bathroom?
Fix leaky faucets/toilets/showers – use less water and save money.
Shorten your shower – saves water and energy used to heat the water. shorten by just 2 minutes could save 2 gallons of water, it adds up over time.
Skip the shower – staying home for the day, why shower?
Turn off water while brushing teeth – the waters just going down the drain along with your money.
Reuse bath towels – let them dry completely and it’s recommended they be washed every 3-4 uses. Click here to learn about the bath towels we use and why I don’t wash them as often.
Switch to cardboard or reusable cotton swabs – skip the cotton swabs with the plastic, either compost or reusable is a better option.
Compost cardboard cotton swabs – the cotton swabs with the cardboard middle can go in the compost bin
Compost or recycle cardboard toilet paper tubes – those cardboard tubes that the toilet paper is wrapped around can be composted or recycled
Switch to personal care products without harmful chemicals – many personal care products contain chemicals that are not only harmful to your health but also harmful to the environment.
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In the Kitchen
Why not try some of these to go green in the kitchen?
Use cloth napkins – many people have a set or more of cloth napkins laying around that are stained or in less than ‘dinner party’ shape. Use those instead of paper and save some money.
Switch from paper towels to cloth towels – Americans have a bad paper towel habit. 51,000+ trees are cut down daily to support North America’s paper towel habit; 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is created every day. We use these super absorbent, reusable Norwex Counter Cloths.
Make your own salad dressing – it’s super simple with some oil and vinegar.
Switch from plastic to glass storage containers – you can reheat food in glass, not in plastic and glass is more durable and sustainable.
Ditch the plastic wrap and aluminum foil – use a silicone lid or beeswax wrap instead.
Use a grill, slow cooker or instant pot instead of the oven or stove – especially in the summer, it creates less heat in the house and is more energy efficient.
Water house plants with ‘used’ water – that water you used to cook pasta in or to wash your lettuce/kale/spinach/collards, etc.
In the Yard and Garden
Set up a rain barrel – collect all that FREE water and use it to water your plants and grass.
Water plants with ‘used’ water – that water you used to cook pasta in or to wash your lettuce/kale/spinach/collards, etc
Grow your own food – you will know it’s pesticide and chemical free (unless you spray pesticides on it) and you’ll save money.
Set up a compost bin – I can’t tell you how much food and paper waste we have avoided with our compost bin. Learn about my composting experience.
Plant perennials instead of annuals (flowers) – less work, less expense and less plastic containers to dispose of.
Use chemical free pest and weed treatment – better for the environment; chemical runoff in our waterways is a big threat to marine life.
Like I mentioned in my Going Green Guide for Beginners, start slow, don’t try and do it all at once.
Comment below and let me know which 3 things will you start with?