In this day and age everything around us is about making the world better and doing more for the environment as well as being a better person. There are a lot of simple, low-cost ways to improve your eco-scorecard. Here are 27 low-stress ideas to take around the house and in your life to reduce your carbon footprint, create a healthier home and lower your monthly bills.
No one can do it all, but even just a few items on the list will help, and it may open your eyes to more that you can do as well.
- Bring your own bags when you go grocery shopping (this is a must in Boulder County if you don’t want to spend 10 cents per bag), it is simple to just leave them in your car so you always have them, but don’t forget to launder them frequently.
- Compost your leftovers
- Use recycled paper
- Turn the water off when brushing your teeth
- Use and re-use rechargeable batteries
- Unplug electronic devices when not in use
- Use compact florescent lights
- Keep your car tuned up
- Limit car idling
- Do your laundry after 7:00 pm (this is considered the off peak energy zone).
- Use cold water to wash and hang dry if possible
- Plant a tree
- Bring your own coffee mug to your favorite coffee shop
- Buy second hand clothes (believe it or not you can find brand new items often in consignment shops).
- Use your recently read newspaper to clean the windows
- Recycle everything that the recycle bin will take (and don’t forget to take it to the curb on trash and recycle day.)
- Buy electronics that have the Energy Star logo
- Install low flow shower heads
- Have your home evaluated to reduce your water waste, many water companies will come to your home and do this for you.
- Walk, bike or use public transportation instead of driving
- Trip-link! Combine your errands into one trip
- Plant a garden and grow your own vegetables
- Don’t turn up the heat – put on more clothes
- Put a lid on your pot when boiling water
- Reduce your use of hazardous waste by limiting use of paints, pesticides and fertilizers
- When purchasing paint for your home, choose low to zero VOC paint
- Buy products with less packaging
I hope you found a few new ideas to help live a greener life.
If you have any questions about what is happening in our local real estate market or have questions about any new eco-friendly new homes being built in the greater Denver/Boulder area, please don’t hesitate to call me, Brandy Unruh 303-578-6683. I’d be happy to assist you or anyone you know with your real estate needs.