Reduce Your Energy and Waste Consumption!
| A Reusable Water Bottle Reduces Waste
A reusable water bottle can have a significant impact on how many disposable water bottles end up in a landfill!
The object of reducing is to ultimately eliminate excess consumption in your household. In order to do this you'll want to first measure how much consumption is in your home by determining how much garbage your family produces each week. Take note of what takes up the most space in your trash and try to reduce it.
Here are some suggestions of easy ways we can reduce the amount we are using and throwing away in our daily lives:
- Replace your incandescent bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs which consume much less energy.
- Look at the cleaning products in your home and replacing them with biodegradable cleaning products.
- Buy food in bulk, such as grains or cereals. Be sure not to buy large quantities of food that will spoil quickly.
- Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by calling, mailing, or emailing the Direct Marketing Association Mailing Preference Service, or the specific organization that sent you the junk mail, and politely requesting to have your name removed from their listings.
To add your name to the do-not-mail list, register online at www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action. Be sure to list each name receiving mail at your address, including misspellings.
| Look for Recycle on the Label
Watch for products that use recycled items in their packaging.
| Purchase Fresh not Packaged Food
Whenever possible eat fresh foods. Good for you and the enviornment!
- Donate magazines to waiting rooms at your hairdressers or dentist so they can reduce the number they have to buy.
- On nice days bike to work, the store, or when taking the kids to the park rather than driving.
- Look for labels that indicate packages are recyclable, or looking for items that use the least amount of packaging.
- Hang dry your clothes outside to save electricity.
- Set up a book share program at work, church, your apartment building, child's school or just amongst your group of friends. Sharing books means reduced numbers of books purchased and thrown away.
- Keep the doors that lead outside your house closed so that you reduce the amount of energy needed to cool or heat your home.
- Don't buy wastebasket liners and use newspapers to line your garbage can.
- Set a 5 minute timer when you get in the shower to help you use less water. If you hear the timer you know you're taking too long and using extra water.
- Get a large bucket or even a 50 gallon drum to save rain water in for watering plants.
- Check your car tires and make sure they are at the proper inflation. This will improve your mileage and reduce the fossil fuels you need to purchase.
- Eat more fresh food like apples, bananas, corn, etc... that don't require packaging.