When it comes to helping out the environment, the easiest place to start is right at home. There are quite a few things you can do to make your home more eco-friendly than ever before, including the following ideas.
Turn off unused electronics
At night, your desktop computer may also be in sleep mode, but itís still technically on and using electricity. To save some energy, be sure to turn off the computer completely. This may seem tasking, but most computers donít take that long to re-boot in the morning. If your computer does take a long time to restart, you may just need a new one. Other devices to consider turning off instead of putting in sleep mode include video game consoles and televisions.
Share your old magazines
Instead of throwing those old copies of your magazine subscriptions in the trash (or even recycling them), take them to local businesses to use in their lobbies while customers wait. Libraries especially appreciate donated magazines. Other places like hospitals and dentist offices appreciate them as well, since people tend to experience a bit of anxiety while they wait, and the magazines help them to relax. Just be sure to remove any of your personal information that is usually located on the front or back of the magazines before donating them.
Switch to an insulated lunch bag
Instead of using brown paper bags every day for your lunch, dish out the cash for an insulated lunch bag. Most brands will let you know exactly what the bag is made from, if you prefer to avoid certain materials, like BPA. While youíre at it, purchase some long-lasting containers to store your food, instead of using one-time plastic bags that will end up in the trash after your meal. To make it a truly eco-friendly experience, choose whole foods to include in your lunch instead of items filled with preservatives or other unhealthy options.
Use cloth napkins at dinner
Do you know how many napkins or paper towels your family uses in a week? Can you determine how much money is going into the trash each time you are done using one? If you switch to cloth napkins and rags (for clean up) then you are not only reducing waste, youíre saving money. Seriously consider this switch if you find yourself using multiple napkins during your meals.
Opt for glass containers in the microwave
Sure, some plastic containers that claim to be microwave safe. This just means that theyíll keep their shape when they are heated, instead of melting onto the microwave plate. But when you expose the chemicals within the plastic to that degree of heat, it may cause some of them to leak into the food you are about to consume. Switch to glass containers for the microwave to avoid putting unwanted chemicals into your food.
Repurpose empty jars for storage
Instead of throwing away empty glass jars, clean them out and use them for storing other items. By peeling off the labels and cleaning the empty jars, you can make a new container for things like sewing items, pens and pencils, makeup and leftover food. You can also get creative and decorate the empty jars with paint if you donít like the clear glass.
With these simple changes in your home, you can easily be on your way to a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.