Eco Friendly Ways to Save Big
Want to save the planet AND cut back on your expenses? Here are a few eco-friendly ways to save big at home:
- Turn off the oven a few minutes early. The residual heat of the oven will continue to cook the food, but the gas/electricity will be off. Do the same with any pots on the stove!
- Try a pressure cooker. While a crockpot is easier for cooking one-pot meals, they take hours to actually cook the food. With a pressure cooker, you can speed up cooking time drastically–by as much as 70%! You can make all manner of dishes in the pressure cooker, and you’ll save time and money every time.
- Watch your napkin use. Most homes go through napkins at an incredible rate, and the amount of waste generated by napkins will surprise you! Instead, use cloths as napkins, and wash them after a few meals. Or, if you just don’t have the time to wash your cloth napkins, use napkins made from recycled paper.
- Cut back on meat intake. Meat may be the most delicious part of your meal, but it’s also the most expensive. Meat production takes its toll on the environment. (Did you know that 70% of the Amazon rainforest has been cleared away to provide space to raise cows?) Adding more vegetarian meals to your menu will help you to reduce your family’s environmental footprint.
- Eat at home. Try to avoid ordering takeout unless it’s absolutely necessary. A lot of waste is generated by takeout restaurants, considering how much plastic and Styrofoam is used to package your food. Cook at home whenever possible, and you’ll save big!
- Grow food in your garden. You don’t have to buy everything from the supermarket! In fact, you will find that growing your own veggie garden can be a great family activity, and it can provide you with a lot of your daily vegetables.
- Avoid disposable items. Disposable cups, plates, utensils, and bowls may seem like the easier option, but they’re certainly not the greener choice. Not only will they increase the amount of inorganic waste generated by your home, but they will end up costing you a lot of money over the course of a few years.
- Save and re-heat, but don’t throw away. Throwing away food is NOT something that should ever happen in your household! Teach your kids to finish their food, or to only serve what they are going to eat. Store leftovers in the fridge, and make it a point to re-heat those leftovers for dinner or the next day’s lunch.
- Turn off the tap. This goes for ALL tap use–in the bathroom, in the kitchen, outside, etc. The less water you use, the less water you waste!
- Turn off lights. Not only will this help to reduce your energy usage, but your electric bill at the end of the month will be much cheaper as well! It’s an easy habit to learn, one that will pay off many times over the course of your lifetime.
- Don’t let it drip. If you have a leaky faucet, take time to repair it NOW. You’d be amazed by the amount of water that is wasted over the course of a day or week. Not only will your water bill be higher, but you’ll waste a lot of water!
- Unplug your appliances. Most appliances will continue to pull a steady stream of power even when not in use. DVD players, computers, and modems are the worst, so unplug them when they are not in use.
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