1. Ditch regular water bottles and invest in a reusable water bottle.
90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled! Reusable water bottles on the other hand are stylish, durable and will decrease your carbon footprint. Plus they are extremely convenient since most cities offer water fountains or free water filters refill stations.
2. Turn the lights off
Turning off the lights when you are not in the room can not only save you money but it saves on electricity and in turn saves the environment. Saving every drop of electricity can add up and save you hundreds of dollars a year.
3. Reusable grocery bags
Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose, and only 1% of bags are actually being recycled. That leaves the other 90 billion plastic bags left in landfills, the ocean and it disrupts the environment. A little known fact is that there is actually a giant garbage heap of plastic bags twice the size of the US floating around in the pacific ocean!
4. Check your Bulbs
Energy Star rated compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb will decrease your electricity bill. Other benefits of Energy Star rated bulbs are that they are durable, mercury free, cost effective and do not produce heat. Also, today’s technology has improved the quality of the light being emitted from these bulbs.
5. Go paperless
Instead of throwing away the dozens of papers you receive each month from your bank, energy companies, etc, opt out and ask them to send you emails instead. This will help reduce the waste of millions of pounds of paper and will in turn make it easier for you to pay your bills online.
6. Invest in a home water filter.
Home water filters help reduce the waste of plastic water containers. It’s also very convenient because you never have to worry about running out of water at home! Tap water also contains lots of minerals which the home filters leave in while providing great tasting water.
7. Unbleached products is the way to go
Unbleached papertowels, napkins, and bags are a great alternative since they are usually made of recycled paper.These products that are made from recycled paper so they are guaranteed to be as good as bleached paper products, but free of all the chemicals used in those.
Recycling glass, paper, newspapers, alumni and all other natural resources can help minimize pollution, create jobs, and save on the earth precious natural resources. It also minimizes the amount of oil and energy needed to produce those products if they were not recycled. Many cities also offer free recycling centers that provide a reimbursement for every can you recycle. Here is a list of some of these recycling locations in California.
9. Go vegetarian for 1 day a week!
Have you heard of meatless Mondays? 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. By going vegetarian once a week you will save the lives of animals, as well as see health benefits and decrease your risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cholesterol and cardiac complications. Also check out a couple of documentaries if you are thinking of going vegetarian or vegan!
10. Try E-Tickets
Once again, wasting paper by printing out your tickets for a sporting event or concert can be solved by using e-tickets. Now days, many major companies offer the “electronic ticket” option as opposed to traditional paper methods. This is great for concert goers who always seem to misplace their ticket!
Carpooling is another great way of shedding down the carbon footprint engines leave on the environment and can also help cut your gasoline bill in half or more! This is a great way of going green while maintaining your lifestyle. You might even make a friend or two in the process!
12. Try Solar Energy
Solar energy is the future, and the future is here! By switching to Solar Energy you can cut your electricity bill by hundreds of dollars a year. Also, living in Southern California where it is sunny year round makes Solar Energy worth it. To get a quote visit our website!