Simple, everyday ways to contribute to a greener planet and save money while doing it!
- Save Energy
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
- Turn off lights and televisions when not in use.
- Unplug appliances when you're not using them or use a power strip that senses when appliances
are off and cuts energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your clothes.
- Save water
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
- Take shorter showers.
- Install a low-flow showerhead and toilet.
- Landscape with native plants.
- Eat Smart
- Shop at a farmers market or buy locally grown fruits and vegetables.
- Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy.
- Eat lower on the food chain.
- Skip the bottled water
- Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water.
- Use a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
- Think before you buy and shop smart.
- Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Checkout websites like Craigslist or Freesharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items that are gently used, low cost or free.
- Check out garage sales and thrift stores.
- Buy in bulk. Purchasing food in bulk saves money and packaging.
- Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. If you must dry clean, locate one that uses fewer chemicals.
- Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products.
- Borrow when you can and check out your local library for books and movies.
- Use a reusable bag whenever you shop
- Keep electronics out of the landfills.
- Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
- Make your own cleaning supplies.
- You can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products from a few simple ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and water. Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention improves indoor air quality.
- Educate yourself and spread the word…a few websites to checkout:
Also check out Rain Barrels and Composting: Fun ways to be GREEN on the Wheaton Park District website.