HELP SAVE MOTHER EARTH IN YOUR OWN LITTLE WAY BY GOING ECO-FRIENDLY AT HOME
Each day, we are blitzed with environmental issues from around the globe, but we often forget the smaller picture. How can we, in our own little way, do our share in saving the planet? Our distinct efforts will ultimately tally up when we start becoming ecologically conscious at our own households.
Green your fridge
Experts say refs made before the year 2000 use up more energy than the newer models. If you have one of these and throw in all the unhealthy stuff as well, you could have a true eco-villain right in your kitchens. Here’s how to make fridge more earth-friendly.
- THERMO PROOF IT. Keep your refs away from direct sunlight or any heat factor like the stove. A maximum temperature of 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit is advisable for the main compartment and zero to five degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer. Five degrees cooler than this will cost you a 20% increase in power consumption.
- OPEN THE TAP WATER. Let’s wean ourselves from the plastic bottles that may not be safe to drink from anyway and drink from our own tap water, but use a tap-attached or separate water filter. Use glass containers to store water in the fridge. Doing all this is safer, cleaner, and cheaper.
- SHOP TO DROP. To really keep the kilowatt-hours down and save money, you might need to buy a new refrigerator. Double-door refs must be avoided if you want to save energy. Go for bottom- or top-loading freezer types, sized 25 cubic feet or less.
Win the Bottle Battle
It takes 450 years for these pesky plastic water bottles to break down or decompose. Here are some tips on how to use them and keep them out of the landfills a little longer.
- KEEP THE CHANGE. Clean and dry out the bottle and cut off the top to make a change jar.
- SICK PACK. Fill the bottle with water. Pop it in the freezer and have an ice pack ready when needed. Just wrap it in a thin towel and it’s good to go.
- KITTY JOY. Fill a clean, empty water bottle with rice or multi-colored stones, seal the cap and you’ve got a new toy for kitty.
Make an Eco-central
Set up a home recycling center and make it part of everyone’s job to separate and segregate. Here’s how:
- FIND A GOOD LOCATION. Choose a convenient spot that will make it easy for your family to make recycling part of your everyday routine. It can be your kitchen, hallway, basement, or garage.
- SELECT STORAGE CONTAINERS. Get containers to cover the categories you want to sort your items into and label them. Call your local recycling center and find out which items they accept.
- KEEP IT CLEAN. Protect your storage area from insects and rodents, and keep containers covered and clean. Take the stuff to the recycling centers frequently, so there is no build up.
- GIVE AN INCENTIVE. Having a hard time teaching your family or maids to segregate? Give them a push by letting them keep the money earned from selling the recyclables.
Be mindful of our lifestyle and our impact on the environment. Take along your own earth bags, reusable water bottles and even home-cooked food whenever you leave the house, and insist that cashiers stash the goods in your tote. Hopefully, you’ll inspire others to do the same with these tips from our friends in the house cleaning business!