5 EASY Things You Can Do To Lower Your Eco-Footprint

We all know we should reduce, reuse and recycle. But often times it is hard to know where to start. Here are 5 easy things you can do to start lowering your environmental impact today. You might do a couple already. After you have master these you can look to next steps but we all have to start somewhere — present company included. I hope it’s helpful!

1. Turn the water off while you brush your teeth. This is super easy to do and can save a lot of water! Keep forgetting? Try walking into the other room to force yourself to turn off the water. Whether its watching TV, putting on jewelry, etc. Remember — every drop makes a difference!

2. Don’t idle your car. I’ll admit it — this is a pet peeve of mine. Running in to drop something off? No worries, just turn off the car. Even in the winter your car will stay relatively warm (I live in Wisconsin so I can attest to this!) When your car is idling its getting zero miles per gallon, so take the simple step and cut off the engine next time.

3. Don’t use plastic utensils. This is sometimes unavoidable but more often than not you can easily choose to use a metal utensil instead. At my old office I would see coworkers continually choosing the plastic utensils even though there were metal ones right there. Its super easy and makes a big difference.

4. Program your thermostat. With a programmable thermostat you can easily decrease the heat at night or when you’re at work and increase the heat when your home. It makes your life easier AND saves you money on your energy bill. Not sure if you have a programmable thermostat? You can get one for as low as $20 and you might have one and not even know!

5. Drink Tap water instead of bottled water. This is a really easy one that has gotten pretty popular recently. Carry a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water where ever you go. This saves you money and tap water uses less energy for transportation and packaging.

Already do these? You might just be more green than you think! Doing more? Let me know! I love hearing what other people are doing and sharing ideas.

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