It has been a crazy couple of days! Between the snow and a busy schedule at work and with my family, I haven’t had a chance to stop and think!
i just wanted to share some of my favorite quick tips for being green. Some of them are pretty obvious, but I always find that it is the most simple and obvious things that we forget!
1. Don’t leave your electronics plugged in overnight to charge. Most of them only take a couple of hours to charge, so leaving them plugged in longer only wrecks their battery and wastes electricity. If you plug things in when you are cooking dinner or watching a movie, they have more than enough time to charge and you can unplug them before bed!
2. Check for drafts along doors and windows, especially with the cold and snow we have been having in the eastern US. So much heat and energy are lost through badly sealed windows and doors, but a simple weather stripping (you can get fairly cheaply at home improvement stores and most are easy to use), or even a well placed rolled up towel can help.
3. Instead of throwing away your coffee grounds (for those of you that still brew coffee at home!), try saving them and mixing them in with your garden soil. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and very good for plants and soil. If you want an organic material to add to your garden, but you don’t like to drink coffee, try stopping by your local Starbucks, they usually pack up grounds and offer them for free! A plus is that Starbucks uses responsibly grown coffee beans!
4. Open up your windows and use natural light! Not only will you save electricity, but you will also get a healthy dose of vitamin D 🙂
5. Try shopping at consignment and second hand shops for clothes every once in a while. The mass production of clothing has a huge carbon footprint, and by buying second hand we are providing a second life for garments that might otherwise have been discarded without purchasing new and perpetuating the cycle of mass production.
6. When it’s nice out, ride a bike or walk to reduce your emissions. Going along with the idea of reducing emissions is buying local – the closer to you it originated, the less it had to travel, therefore the less harmful emissions!
There are so many other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Post any of your best ideas below!