Here are 5 very practical ways you can go green today. They are very easy and really we should be doing these already!

1. Water Heater

Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket. This reduces energy costs by keeping the heat from leaking out. Water heaters are good at heating water, but they are terrible at keeping that heat. Always make sure you check with the manufacture to make sure your system is suitable.

Lower the temperature of the thermostat on your hot water heater. You can save between 3-5% on your energy bill when you lower the setting every 10 degrees.

2. Eliminate chemicals in the house and yard

Use eco-friendly cleaners and pest deterrents to improve the health of your family and your garden.

Try making your own all purpose cleaner using the recipe below!

3 Parts Water
1 Part Vinegar
a few drops of vegetable based detergent (optional)
a few drops of tea tree oil
(or other pure essential oil with anti-bacterial properties such as eucalyptus, manuka, rosemary, thyme, lemon myrtle, lavender etc. Don’t use cheap synthetic oils, they don’t work.)

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Use as a spray and wipe on any surface.

3. Reduce Food Waste As Much As Possible

Is your food spoiling in the refrigerator? Do you have to clean the refrigerator before you go to the grocery store. You can green up you kitchen by getting your family to stop wasting food. All of your food has a carbon footprint by the time you get it too your house. It even takes energy to keep that food cold in your refrigerator. Only buy what you need at the grocery store and use up all of your food at home.

This includes cutting vegetables as close to the stem and bruised spots as possible. Fruits with bruised and brown spots should be cut up to make a fruit salad. Throw all of the good pieces in a bowl with some lemon juice and mix it all up. Cover with a tight lid and your family has an instant breakfast or snack. Do the same thing with vegetables with bad spots and you will have the makings of a salsa, soup or stir-fry.

Stale bread, as well as the ends, can be made into croûtons. Cut up into bite size pieces and throw in a bag in the freezer. When you have collected enough, thaw the bread pieces out. Toss with a little olive oil, garlic powder, salt and Italian seasoning. Heat in the oven on low, turning the croûtons occasionally. Your family will love the taste and you will save about $2.00 for new croûtons. You have also reduced the landfills a little.

4. Green Driving

If you car is kept in tune you will reduce emissions that are thrown into the atmosphere. Make sure you have your car regularly maintained. Clean air filters, fresh spark plugs and properly inflated tires are all important to reducing emissions and ensuring that your vehicle run at top performance.

Go easy on the accelerator and the brakes. Accelerating slowly will improve the petrol consumption of your car. Ease off on the accelerator when approaching a stop sign or light. Going full speed and then stopping at the last moment wastes petrol and wears your engine prematurely.

5. Install a Programmable Thermostat

This is a great way to make sure that your heater or air conditioner are not running while you don’t want them to. You can set the thermostats so that there is a certain temperature of the house at night, and a different temperature during the day when you might not be home.

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