Something You Can Do and Save Money and the Planet
With all the news about heat, fires, climate change, drought, food shortages, brownouts, blackouts, GMO I thought it might be a good time to remind you of 34 things you can do to help AND SAVE MONEY.
posted by Casey Coates Danson
(And save money!)
- Change some light bulbs to compact fluorescents (CFL) OR LED’S
- Install ceiling fans in home or office to reduce the use of air conditioners.
- Use the sun to dry clothes.
- Stop eating beef (cut back on methane) or try buffalo.
- Stop buying disposables like paper towels and use washable cloth towels, napkins,
- Reuse grocery bags if you must (so we can leave a few trees for the next generations. Carry cloth/string bags in your car for those stops at the market
- Use recycled paper for all your needs.
- Stop using pesticides (try ladybugs and other natural remedies)
- Use organic fertilizer from your composter instead of chemicals
- Consider gray water systems to irrigate your gardens (use every drop).
- Insulate your home properly.
- Replace windows (double paned, low e glass) and if you live in a cold climate, be sure to install storm windows.
- Drive an energy efficient or hybrid car.
- Rideshare/carpool whenever you can.
- Lobby and support your local and national politicians to pass energy and emission laws.
- Stop growing lawns (if you live west of the 100th meridian) and replace with drought resistant plants. Install efficient drip irrigation wherever possible.
- Recycle (it takes 20 times the energy to make an aluminum can from scratch).
- Buy energy saver appliances (look for the “Energy Star.”)
- Support local farmers’ markets and don’t buy food that travels 1000s of miles to your table.
- Fight overdevelopment in your community by appealing to your local representatives to only approve sustainable projects.
- Conserve water by fixing leaks (you’ll feel better by not running water when shaving or brushing teeth).
- Ride a bicycle whenever possible (cut pollution AND get needed exercise).
- Encourage and support energy suppliers to implement a mix of renewable energy sources.
- Adjust thermostat down one degree in winter, to 68 up one degree in summer (you’ll spare the air 500 lbs. of carbon emissions and save 15% on your bills).
- Encourage corporations and government to use renewable energy sources for their products and services.
- Install a photovoltaic panel(s) on your south facing roof (begin the transition).
- Heat your home water and pools with solar hot water, not gas (another fossil fuel)
- Be personally responsible for every decision you make. Think of the Earth first.
- Install lo-flow toilets and leave a polite note – “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.
- Use the greatest invention of mankind in the last 300 years: the condom.
- Get on an action alert list (like the NRDC or stepitup07.org)
- Elect no politician that is not green (whatever party affiliation).
- Think globally, act locally.
- Stay flexible and ready for changes in your life style.