I love Mama Nature. She gives us fresh air, delicious food and jasmine flowers. What? Jasmine flowers?! Yes, they’re my favorite, so jasmine flowers make her even more awesome.
Since us humans muck up her gorgeous land, below are 15 quick and easy tips to go green, while saving you some cash — the Earth and your wallet will thank you.
1. Hang to Dry: get a cloths line for outside or rack to dry your cloths in the corner of your studio apartment — your clothes will even last longer.
2. Turn Off Computers: don’t just put them to sleep at night, actually shut them off. You will save an average of 4 cents/day — hey, that’s $14.60 a year!
3. Change to Fluorescent Bulbs: If every house in the United States changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets.
4. Don’t Rinse: not your hair silly — your dishes. Skip rinsing your plates before putting them into the dishwasher. You will save approximately 15 gallons of water per load. Heyo!
5. Both Sides PleasE: if you have a printer with a double sided print option use it. You will save half of the amount of paper you would have normally used if you use both sides of the paper when printing.
6. Shower: don’t take baths, take showers — this doesn’t mean never soak in a hot bubble bath again, but showering will save you in average of half the amount of water that a bath would.
7. Lose the Bottle: instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water or a home filter, so your tap water tastes more like bottled. Why pay $1.29 per bottle, when you can essentially have water for free?
8. Water OFF While Brushing: Mom and Dad told you a thousand times — turn the water off when you brush! You will save 4 gallons during one brush.
9. Don’t Pre-Heat: turn the oven on after you put the dish in, unless absolutely need — and look to see if it’s finished through that nifty little oven window instead of opening it and losing heat.
10. Turn Down the Stat: every degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer on your thermostat is equal to a 10% decrease on your energy bill.
11. Lights Off: this one is easy, so stop being lazy and turn the lights off when they aren’t in use!
12. Bye Bye Junk Mail: there are many services that can help you get rid of paper junk mail, which will lead to a lot less tree cutting.
13. Matches instead of Lighters: lighters are considered disposable so they will most likely end up in land fills. Cardboard matches are much more eco-friendly because they are made of recycled material.
14. Ditch Paper Phone Books: that means you Mom. Instead of getting a paper phone book, step into the 21st century and use an online directory.
15. Pay Online: if every house in the US paid their bills online, we would save 18 million trees every year.