Tips & Tricks: Earth Day – Little Things Matter

We hope everyone had a great Earth Day. It’s always good to spend time helping the environment and trying to be green, but around this time of year the sheer number of suggestions and tips can be a bit overwhelming.

So today we’re just going to look at five very simple ways to be green – things you can do without having to buy a composting bin or install solar panels (although those are great things to do).

– Use Rechargeable Batteries –
Besides our phones and laptops, a lot of our portable electronics still require old-fashion batteries. If we’re not careful, we can go through a lot of these in a year. So why not swap them out for some rechargeable ones?
Initially, it will cost you a little more to switch over to rechargeable batteries, but as this article points out, it’s money you’ll make back.

– Grab a Bottle
We never seem to stop moving. There’s always an errand to run, a game to attend or work to get to – and that’s made convenience King. But let’s stop using disposable water bottles and coffee cups and instead go for permanent alternatives. Steel or insulated steel bottles and traveling mugs can save tons of trash. Also – some coffee shops will give you a discount if you bring in your own cup!

– Go for the Towels
I guess we should know that paper towels are bad for the environment, because they do have a lumberjack right on the label.” Comedian Jim Gaffigan makes a good point. Trying to reduce the amount of paper towels we use – or getting rid of them entirely – is a great goal. Let’s try to use dishrags or cotton towels instead.

– Give Away
Before you throw something in the bin, ask yourself if someone else could use it. A lot of what we throw out can actually be donated. Drop off your donations at your local thrift store or try sharing services like Freecycle.

– Lights Off
All right – time to sound like a grumpy dad. When you leave a room, be sure to turn off the lights. It doesn’t really shorten the bulb’s life or waste more energy, as some urban legends say. It’s just better to turn them off.

These may seem like small changes, but it’s remarkable just how much of a difference they can make. If you’re looking for more ways to be green, head over to Safety At Home and read their article 100 Easy Ways to Live Greener.

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