Small Changes for a Healthy Planet
Make every day an Earth-conscious one by incorporating some of these choices into your routine.
- Fix that leaky faucet! It usually needs just a simple washer, and this easy repair can save up to 20 gallons of water a day.
- Refrigerators and freezers account for about one-sixth of home-energy use, so choose energy-efficient models when the time comes for new ones.
- Check the pressure of your car’s tires at least once a month. Having properly inflated tires will increase your gas mileage.
- Washing your laundry in cold water can save as much as 80 percent in energy costs.
- Bring your own mug to the coffee shop. Stainless steel mugs will keep your coffee hot and cut down on paper cups. And many cafes provide discounts for using your own mug.
- Most shower curtain liners are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can emit harmful gases. Switch to a nylon one instead. They’re waterproof and easy to clean.
- Bring reusable canvas bags to the supermarket instead of packing your groceries in plastic. Many stores provide a discount for using your own bags.
- Shop the bulk section of your market to cut down on packaging. Cereals, nuts, rice, grains, and dried fruits are often available in bulk, and are generally cheaper that way.
- Choose concentrated, plant-based laundry detergents, and hang wet clothes on a line when the weather permits.
- Walk or ride a bike whenever possible instead of driving.
- Wait until your dishwasher or washing machine is full before doing a load.
- Unplug small appliances like toasters and hair dryers when not in use. They continue to use energy if they’re plugged in.
- Save water by taking a five-minute shower, which requires only a third as much water as filling a bathtub.