Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Well, I'm ashamed to admit that it has been nearly two months since my last post. So what better way to reinvigorate my blog, than to write a post about Earth Day. Happy Earth Day!
I've made a conscious effort to become more green and wanted to share some of the surprisingly easy ways you can make a difference everyday:
-using energy-efficient lightbulbs in my entire apt. (my apt. building actually provided them to all tenants)
-using reusable, canvas grocery bags
-recycling glass/aluminum. Oddly enough, paper has been difficult b/c my apt. building doesn't have recycle bins! But at least I recycle all my paper at work.
-washing my clothes in cold water; it saves energy
-air-drying the dishes in the dishwasher to save energy
-keeping a well-stocked freezer; refrigerators expend more energy to keep the empty space cold
-using cloth napkins instead of disposable paper napkins
-reusing ziploc bags
-going paperless - many credit card companies offer customers the option to get monthly statements delivered via email.
-keeping the heat at 60 degrees Fahrenheit - saves energy and significantly lowers my heating bill (obviously living in a warm climate helps!)
-getting my car cleaned at the car wash - b/c you use more water at home than they do at the car wash. Although I must admit, I've become accustomed to just not washing my car as often.
-using an aluminum Sigg water bottle at the gym
-changing my car's oil every 3K miles, checking tire pressure, not storing extra junk in the car to weigh it down, etc. to keep it running more efficiently.