Going green and living more sustainably can sometimes seem daunting. But there are actually quite a few simple ways to live a little more green that can have a big impact on the environment. This Earth Day we’re providing you with a few simple ways to be a little greener and celebrate the planet every day.
Unplug Unused Appliances
Many appliances and electronic devices, even when turned off, use electricity when plugged in. This usage is oftentimes referred to as a “phantom load” and can add up to some serious costs over the course of a year. To conserve energy and save money on your energy bill, unplug appliances when they’re not in use. Or plug electronics into a surge protector or WiFi outlet and turn that power source off when you’re done. Reducing your phantom load could help you save up to $100 on your annual energy costs.
Reuse, reuse, reuse.
Whenever possible, use less single-use items, especially items made of plastic. 2,000 single-use plastic water bottles are used every second and by 2050 it’s expected there will be more of them littering the ocean than actual fish. Opt to use a reusable water bottle instead. When grocery shopping, use reusable bags to carry your items home in.
If you’re looking to take your green efforts even further, you can cut out almost any single-use item. Nowadays you can easily find items like reusable produce bags and reusable resealable food storage bags to help decrease the amount of waste you and your family produce.
Rethink Your Laundry
Your laundry room is the perfect place to get a little greener. It can be as simple as opting for more cold loads of laundry and only using hot water to launder items when absolutely necessary. About 5% of the average household energy usage is from drying clothes, so if you can, air dry as many garments as possible.
Light it up
Switching out all of your light bulbs might seem overwhelming , but more energy efficient light bulbs like compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), can use up to 75% less energy. And while they require a higher upfront investment than traditional incandescent light bulbs, each Energy Star approved light bulb can save you up to $4 a year and they can last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. So save some money – and some energy – and switch to energy-efficient lighting.