Are you looking for simple ways to make some changes for a greener home?
Sometimes the simplest changes can make a huge difference. You may be surprised by the impact you can make with a few quick fixes.
As a family of 8, we are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. I’ve worked hard to teach my children to be good stewards of the earth and the things that they have. As a mom, I’m hoping to leave the world a better place for my children. From a practical standpoint, I just believe in making the most out of what you’ve got.
I don’t have a lot of time though, and I suspect you don’t either, so any changes that I make have to be quick and easy.
Remove half your lightbulbs
We’ve switched most of the lights in our home to low energy bulbs but you can take things a step further than that. Most bathrooms and kitchens have quite a few lights. How many to you realistically need?
I love lots of light in my kitchen so I left those ones alone for the moment but we don’t spend much time in our bathrooms so I didn’t feel the need to have a ton of light in there. I have ten lightbulbs over my bathroom mirror. That was a bit much. To cut energy use, I just removed every other lightbulb. We still had plenty of light but we were using half the power.
Switch to Tube-Free toilet paper
Scott Tube-Free is a new a toilet paper roll without the inner cardboard core. By eliminating the tube in your toilet paper roll, you can cut down on the 17 billion tubes used annually in the U.S. That’s a lot of toilet paper rolls!
There’s no difference in the product so you won’t even miss it. I love changes that don’t actually require me to do any changing. Just this one chance can help you save about 150 tubes per year (about what the average household uses). you can learn more about Scott Tube-Free toilet paper (and snag a Scott Tube-Free coupon) at TossTheTube.com.
If you want a laugh, a top YouTuber prankster wanted to show just how big of an impact those little tubes can have have on our world. Check the video out here.
Clean with Vinegar
Conventional cleaners are filled with all kinds of chemicals. Switch to using vinegar and you’ll not only get rid of the chemicals but you’ll save a ton of money at the same time. I’ve been cleaning primarily with vinegar for over ten years now and it was one of the easiest chances I could have made.
Use a Water Conserving Shower Head
There are so many ways to cut down on water use. The most common piece of advice is to shorten your showers. We make an effort to do that but with 8 people we still use a lot of water and truthfully, sometimes you just want to relax and take a long shower. A quick fix to this problem is switching out your regular shower head for a water conserving version. You’ll save a load of water and won’t notice the difference in your shower.
Use cloth towels instead of paper
Anytime I can find a reusable version of a disposable product is a win in my book. Cloth towels, either in the bathroom or for your cleaning rags, are an easy switch to make from the paper variety. This is another easy change that will end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. Keep a small laundry basket just for rags and get into the habit of throwing them in the wash each night. That will keep them nice and fresh and they will be ready to go for you first thing in the morning.