We hope all of you had a wonderful Earth Day this past Monday, and challenged yourself to tackle one of the behavior changes we recommended in our last blog. We received an outpouring of ideas on other ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint, and wanted to share those with you in this follow-up article.
Create a compost area at your house. Back in the day, well before disposals, this was a common practice. Was a tremendous fertilizer for the garden, too. – Megan
For more information about composting and how to get started, visit this link.
Ditch the plastic water bottles. Buy a reusable water bottle instead; it can go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint. Even though some plastic water bottles are made from recycled material, most are not. – Kurt
Here is a collection of some reusable BPA-free water bottles that we love.
Keep your cat indoors. Did you know that domestic cats kill over a billion small birds and animals every year? (One outdoor car averages about 40 kills per year). This upsets the natural predator/prey balance that keeps our environment sound. – Chris
Here are some other good reasons to keep your cat indoors.
Shutdown your laptop when it is not in use. Leaving your computer running is a waste of electricity and energy. – Sampath
Here are some more tips on how to save power on a laptop.
Energy-proof your home. This post offers 101 easy ways to save energy, and all it takes is a few minutes each month. Start with an energy audit and analyst your home’s structure, appliances, insulation and overall family lifestyle. – Christian
Turn your thermostat up to 78*F/25*C in the summer. Even better, use a system like Nest that monitors your daily behavior and adjusts your thermostat accordingly. On the flip side, you can also use blankets to warm up in the winter rather than your home heating system. – Johnny
Thanks for the all of the wonderful green ideas! For more, visit our Facebook page or submit your own in the comment box below.