Okay, Ladies, be HONEST: How often do you clean behind your fridge/stove/heavy products?
Ick factors aside, did you know that your fridge counts for 20% of your electric bills? Cleaner coils means less energy used, which means CHEAPER BILLS! 20 ways to conserve energy
(and save some $!)
I know what you're thinking. "I dont have money to buy all new energy star products!". Hey, me too! But I would like to save some serious cash. So lets break down things you and I can do to save us some green and in turn be a little green!
1. Alot of us are meal planners(ashtacular
still waiting on your post missy haha<3). You don’t have to give up all animal products to have an impact; conventional factory farming emits huge amounts of greenhouse gases. If everyone in the US ate just one meatless meal a week, that would be the equivalent of taking 19 million cars off the road. That’s almost 10 percent of the total number of cars in the US (or as many cars as there are in Canada!). The average person saves $200 a MONTH by cutting their meat down by just once a week!Meatless Ideas for Meatless Mondays
2. Energy efficient light bulbs. I know what you're saying "4 bucks a bulb, WHAT"?! I'd like to start by truly backing up how long these suckers last. 6-8 months in often used rooms(Living/kitchen/dining) and close to 12 in lesser used rooms. Expense aside(and I do swear they save you) for you SAMS club card holders I recently found a pack of 12 for $9!
No longer on sale, it still gives you some info about them(like how these will save you nearly $600 on energy bills!)SAMS
3. Turn stuff off! Sounds easy, I know right. For people like my mother(a chronic light turner on) this is easy said than done. But to turn off a light will go a long way. What about turning off the bigger things? Even when your Television and desktops are off their using energy, which in turn is going straight to your electric bills. Power strips(cords) are fairly cheap and make turning things off a quick push(I'm sure alot of you, like me, have your TV/DVD/VCR/Cable/Wii in one power strip).
Feeling brave? Why not Add up YOUR costs
each month and per year with this energy calculator and be prepared to have your jaw drop.
4. One of the biggest wastes in my house was also one of the biggest hits to my wallet. Ever sit down and ponder how much a month you blow on paper towels? The same mother who has a light obsession is also well known for taking 3-4 paper towel squares a meal/a clean up/a whatever. It was annoying me, leaving a ton to pick up behind(why are there 17 paper towels hidden in the couch?), and down right WASTEFUL! I was finding that I was spending 50-75 dollars a MONTH on our "The Great Paper Towel Habit". Ridiculous, RIDICULOUS! So, I set out to find other means! I ended up settling on cloth diapers(picked up a 12 pack of super strength ones from Wal*Mart for 10.99) and a small trash can(4.99 from walmart). Does it mean I do more laundry? It does! Does it mean less waste, less random stuff found in my couch, and a HECK OF A LOT CHEAPER! You betcha! Hands down well worth the cost and the 1-2 extra loads of laundry I do a week!
5. Its gross, I know, but our Kitchens are a hot spot for Mold! On food, on counters, and behind the places we just don't want to see. For years I was the front runner of the BLEACH PARADE! I over looked stained/dead clothes for the insanta satisfaction I got from smelling a house full of bleach. That is until I learned that Bleach is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer behind Smoking
(this is for heavy/often use, granted, but as someone who was using bleach 4-5 days a week to clean house, that included myself). In came Vinegar! Vinegar Clean
. Cheaper, healthier for your family and mother earth, and easy to make at home. I bought a few simple plastic spray bottles(50 cents at target), a few bottles of vinegar(price varies), Kosher sea salt I already had in my cabinet, lemons from the local farmers market, and baking soda I had in my cabinet. Presto! I have my own cleaning products that wont hurt to inhale and wont do much but burn if my kiddos get adventurousWebsites I frequent for green-thoughts::
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