Some resolutions are harder to keep than others. Take mine for example: In 2016, I promised to train for a 10k, limit my Netflix consumption, and recommit to an eco-friendly lifestyle. So far, my training schedule has only gone slightly more successfully – I’m no longer being lapped by power walkers at the track (hey, those ladies are fast!). The easiest resolution to keep? Being green.
Living green is a breeze, and when you make eco-friendly choices, you’ll be saving green as well. Use these seven tips and see the savings well into another new year!
Live Green Tip #1: Turn off that tap
As a kid, I was notorious for leaving the water running – before I got in the shower, while brushing my teeth, etc. When you start noticing how often you leave the faucet on, you’ll be more mindful of how much water you’re actually using, and it’s usually waaaaaaay more than you need. Other easy ways to save water include taking shorter showers, and upgrading to energy efficient appliances.
Live Green Tip #2: Conserve Your Energy
We’ve all changed our light bulbs to energy efficient ones. Who even liked the old ones anyway? They get way too hot and burn your fingers! But there are so many other easy projects to save energy in your home. You don’t need a lot of space to create a rain barrel or compost bin, and you definitely don’t need to be Tim “the Toolman” Taylor to seal air leaks with caulk.
Live Green Tip #3: Find an (Eco-Friendly) App for That
I sound like such a nerd when I say there are literally apps for everything, but I say it because it’s true! There are so many online resources and apps to help you go green. What I like about using eco-apps is that it turns conserving resources into a fun game. It can be an easy way to motivate you or teach kids the importance of eco-friendly choices.
Live Green Tip #4: Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute!
Am I the only one that remembers Woodsy the Owl? You don’t have to be a cartoon owl to care about what ends up in a landfill. We recycle plastic grocery containers and soda bottles, but sometimes you just don’t know what to do with old electronics. There are lots of places to recycle those items, or you could just repurpose them into something completely new!
Live Green Tip #5: Go Shopping…Sustainably
I know, I just told you to reuse and repurpose items, and now I am telling you to go out and buy more stuff – mixed messages, right? Not exactly. When you shop sustainably, you’re being mindful of the product you’re purchasing; how it was made, where the materials were sourced, and so many other important factors. When you shop sustainably, you’re not only making an eco-friendly choice, you’re often directly contributing right back into the green economy – and no matter your budget, that’s something you can feel good about!
Live Green Tip #6: Do It Yourself
DIY has been popular for years – the Do It Yourself movement even has its own TV network for pete’s sake. DIY is about being thrifty, but it’s also about conserving resources and using items you may already have to accomplish the projects you have in mind. Get creative and get to work, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to DIY; from redoing a room to throwing a spectacular green birthday party, all your friends will call you Martha Stewart and you’ll be living green in the process!
Live Green Tip #7: Nix the Snail Mail
Did you know the average American gets an average of 40 pounds of junk mail a year? That’s completely crazy, considering I can’t remember the last time I got anything other than a bill in the mail. If you haven’t already, go paperless. Most online retailers even prefer you enroll in online billing. There are several easy ways to stop unsolicited mail from cluttering your mailbox, or the floorboard of your car, kitchen counter, etc. You’ll save literally thousands of trees, and eliminate an annoying problem at the same time. It’s a win-win!
Using these tips, keeping your new year’s resolution to make greener choices is going to be extra easy this year. If you’d like more ideas, check out our Live Green section of the blog. You’ll be saving the earth like Captain Planet in no time!