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Top 5 Household Tips for Earth Day

Top 5 Household Tips for Earth Day

With Earth Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to reassess our habits and look for ways to be more eco-friendly by cutting back on waste and energy consumption. And what better place to start than in our homes?

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Tip 1: Save Energy By Washing Your Laundry in Cold Water Only

Almost all of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating the water, so by simply turning down the temperature, you can really make a dramatic impact on energy use. In fact, washing in cold water costs 5 to 10 times less than using warmer settings. Learn how to green your laundry from start to finish.

Tip 2: Save Water By Using As Little Water Possible To Wash Your Dishes

If you have a newer dishwasher, chances are it uses less water than you would hand-washing. Modern dishwashers use only about 3 to 10 gallons of water per load. Some easy tips for your dishwasher: scrape plates instead of pre-rinsing, use energy-saving options when you can, and only wash full loads.

If, however, you don’t have a dishwasher or would rather wash by hand, try to assess how much water you’re currently using and see if there’s any way to cut back. If you wash by filling up the sink or wash bins, figure out how much water they hold and how many times per day you wash. Or, if you just wash under the running faucet, keep in mind that faucets use about 2 gallons per minute. Get more tips on washing dishes more efficiently.

Tip 3: Save Waste and Water By Switching From Bottled to Filtered Water

The bottled water industry is extremely wasteful. It involves millions of barrels of oil each year and the process actually wastes water. Since bottled water is often consumed on the go, most bottles do not actually end up getting recycled. Fortunately, for most of us reading this article, water flows directly into our homes — an amazing gift when you consider all of the places in the world where that is not the case. So why not get yourself a filter and a reusable bottle and fill up from the cheapest and most convenient place — your faucet.

Read more about bottled water:
Bluewashing: The Truth Behind Bottled Water
Enough With the Plastic Bottles Already

Tip 4: Save Energy and Waste By Switching from Regular Batteries to Rechargeables

Rechargeable batteries embody one of our favorite principles: reuse. While traditional batteries can only be used once, rechargeable batteries, as the name implies, can be used again and again. By using the same batteries over and over again, you cut back on the waste created by disposable batteries. When your rechargeables are eventually used up, though, it is important to recycle them. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, any batteries “can cause serious harm to human health and the environment if they are dis­carded with ordinary household or workplace waste.” Find out where to recycle batteries (and almost anything else) at Earth911.

Tip 5: Save Waste By Buying in Bulk

Packaging has gotten a bit out of control these days. More and more we’re seeing items that are wrapped with layer upon layer of unnecessary materials. One way to combat that problem is to buy necessities in bulk. If it’s something you use a lot, it’s worth it to upgrade to a larger size or multi-pack. This tip isn’t just relegated to wholesale stores either, although that’s a good place to start. Bring your own containers to stores like Whole Foods, where you can buy items like beans and grains in bulk–and skip the packaging all together!

Join the Future Friendly Challenge and commit to making one of these changes for 90 days. And, just for signing up, Future Friendly will donate a liter of water to Children’s Safe Drinking Water.

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7:32PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thank you.

7:32PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thank you.

6:32AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012


5:41AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

6:46PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

would anyone like a salty treat? ;)

6:43PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Sounda good. Thanks for an informative post.

5:20AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Thank you!

3:18PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

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5:37PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

I'm already doing 4 out of 5 of those. I need to pull out my old battery charger and get back to rechargeable batteries.

1:06AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

As an additional tip you should consider also the house air conditioning.
A lot of people leave the air conditioners on in areas of the house that they do not need.
You might be living in a five room house but only using one or two room at one time and you leave the air conditioning on in four or all five room.

Just concentrate on turning on the air conditioners in the areas that you are staying in.

Same thing applies for light bulbs, fans, electronic devices. Although these are not as dramatic as air conditioning but every bit will sum up.

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