5 Tips for Living GREENER

For years I’ve been writing about different tips, suggestions and ways you can make your life a bit greenER. That’s what my blog is about and yes I sprinkle in personal stories, blogging and social media tips, and educational tips here and there too. Mostly this blog is about encouraging, motivating and inspiring people to live a little bit greenER each day. I am far from perfect but I try and each day I try to do something, even if it is as simple as unplugging my unused appliances. It’s like the metaphor about lots of ripples creating a big wave. I totally believe in small everyday actions making a big difference.

When Direct Energy (Canada friends click here) asked me to write a post about steps you can take this spring to go green, I thought it was a great chance to share with you some of my favorite suggestions from the past.  I guess you can say I’m recycling in a way! With spring here there is no time like the present to begin cleaning, recycling and making a small difference in your own home. Especially if you have children, it is so important to be a role model for them and let them see you recycle, turn off the lights and not waste water.

  1. Recycling is probably the easiest thing you can do to begin going green or greenER. Even if you’re an avid recycling guru I bet there are some things you slack on. I’m guilty of this because maybe I don’t want to wash out a can or go the extra mile. Going the extra mile is worth it, hence the little ripples adding up to giant waves.
  2. Reusing old items like crayons and tires instead of buying new is another favorite tip of mine. We try to reuse whatever we can and if we can’t reuse it we certainly try to recycle it or donate it. Did you know you can start a crayon and marker recycling program in your school or local community?
  3. Another favorite tip of mine, especially when it comes to spring cleaning is using natural cleaners that you make at home. This not only saves you money but you won’t be buying new plastic bottles and spraying conventional cleaners in your home. Especially with indoor air pollution being worse than outdoor air pollution, it is important to consider what you’re spraying in your home.
  4. I’m a huge fan of keeping it simple and in my home I’m continually saying, “Turn off the lights!”  OR “Shut the door we’re not heating the outdoors!” I go around and check the different rooms and unplug anything that we’re not using. We’ve made sure our doors and windows have weather stripping and use an electronic thermostat to control the temperature of rooms we don’t use often. Saving energy is easy to do when you take simple steps to shut lights off when you leave a room and not leave televisions running when nobody is even watching them!
  5. Today I spent a few hours enjoying the afternoon sunshine and started doing some cleaning of the garage. There were some things I couldn’t avoid having to throw away but once I started sorting there as plenty of items that could avoid the dumpster. I’ve learned over the years that if I take the time and sort things I’m saving lots of extras from hitting the landfill and that is a good thing.

These are just a few of my favorite tips from the past that I still think are relevant today and for anyone thinking of making new strides to go greenER this spring. They’re also a great reminder for me because it’s always good to remind ourselves we can do more or that we’ve gotten little lazy.

Thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s story (#DEsmarthome). As always, opinions express are 100% my own.  Take a moment to visit Direct Energy on Facebook (Canada friends click here) and learn more about their Direct Energy Meridian Savings Plan. With this plan you get a competitively priced fixed energy charge, up to three Honeywell Smart Thermostats, plus a smartphone app that allows you to control your thermostat anytime, anywhere. The five-year dual fuel plan includes a fixed rate for electricity and a variable natural gas with a winter cap. This plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat™ at no additional cost. I was assured that this campaign for Direct Energy is not related to fracking but if you have concerns or questions in regards to fracking please reach out to the company and discuss this.