Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fabulousity comes in green

We have been working so hard to green our home and lifestyle lately. Not only is it better for our environment, but it's cheaper for our pocketbooks! Honestly, at this time we need to be as cheap as we can be. Sooo, we've made some simple everyday changes that is easy for everyone.

Turn off your water when you brush your teeth! Most people don't think of that when they're looking to save some water, but you can literally save gallons of water by just turning off the tap while you scrub those pearly whites. Also, I often need to fill a pan or mixing bowl with water to soak it before I can scrub it and put it in the dishwasher. Start using that soaking water to scrub your other dishes before putting them in the washer too! Normally, I would think that's icky and would want fresh water, but it's all going to get washed in the dishwasher so it doesn't matter much, right? Right. One last thing...make sure that dishwasher is filled to the brim so you can get as many dishes clean as you can with one load.

I'm always chasing my kids around turning off their lights behind them. We also unplug most of our small electronics to help with our carbon footprint. Using LED light bulbs will save energy and lots of money. You can replace one light bulb a month and will see the difference in your monthly bill almost immediately if it's a light you use often.

There are so many ways to save money and green ourselves that we make it a game with our kids to find ways to be eco-friendly. If you have any tips or tricks, I would love to hear them!

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