The idea of “being green” can sometimes seem a little intimidating. Most of the tips I read about in magazines and on blogs feature out-of-reach goals that are both time consuming and unrealistic for my lifestyle. But after realizing in recent months how much paper, glass, and energy I have been wasting, I decided it was time to start incorporating greener practices into my life, no matter how small.
I have found that I’m more likely to do something good for the environment if it fits well into my busy schedule. So today we’ve partnered with Seventh Generation to share some easy green tips that you can accomplish in less than one minute. Seriously! I’m slowly turning these tips into daily habits, and I love that I can see the effects of these practices in my electricity bills, water bills, and the amount of times I have to take out the trash per week. Scroll down for 12 ways you can incorporate easy green habits into your own lifestyle, and let us know in the comments of anything we’ve missed!
For even more tips, check out some of the other posts in our Living Green series:
Save electricity by turning the lights off when walking out of a room. If you’re feeling really ambitious, an investment in light switches on dimmers can really help make a difference in your electricity bill each month.
Use cloth towels to dry your hands and dishes after washing as much as possible. If you’re in serious need of a paper towel to clean up a messy spill, consider unbleached paper towels made out of recycled materials. Seventh Generation paper towels are just as good for your skin as they are for the environment.
Repurpose tin cans and glass bottles as vases for flowers around the house. We love the look of old tomato cans and classic milk bottles for styling home decor with a vintage touch.
Avoid printing documents at work that you can share via email or store on a hard drive. If you absolutely must have a hard copy of something, try printing double sided to save paper.
Wait to run dishwasher until it is completely full to save on water. The dishwasher uses approximately 4 gallons of water per cycle, so try to reduce the number of loads you run. If you’re feeling super green, using the dishwasher without the heated dry function will save even more energy.
Save energy by adjusting the thermostat to a neutral temperature when you’re going to be at work or out of the house for a while. Why waste energy heating or cooling an empty house if you’re not even there to enjoy it?
Reduce your paper use by paying monthly bills and taxes online. Set up automatic bill payment to help you never miss another deadline. Some companies even offer discounts to clients who pay online.
Read our tips on creating a home recycling station. An organized storage system with different bins for paper, plastic, and glass will easily help you sort your trash. Clean out the bins every so often with Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes to keep them smelling fresh.
Reduce your paper and plastic consumption by using reusable plates and cloth napkins during mealtimes. We think dinner feels a little more special when using dishware and linens that have a little weight to them.