Tips for Going Green in Your Kitchen, Garden and When Exercising
Reduce your carbon footprint by limiting the number of trips you make to the grocery store. Leaving your car at home can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Save up errands and shopping trips so you need to drive fewer times.
Make it a full load. Run your dishwasher only when it is full. Don’t pre-rinse dishes as tests show pre-rinsing does not improve dishwasher cleaning, and you will save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves money. Water-efficient models use only about four gallons per wash.
Exercise outdoors? Regular exercise makes us feel great and keeps us healthy. Before you head out for your workout or run, check the air quality forecast for your local area. Look for EPA’s Air Quality Flags. The Flag Program uses brightly colored flags based on the U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) to notify people and their communities about outdoor air quality conditions. Organizations raise a flag each day that corresponds to their local air quality forecast.
Compost it. Compost helps improve soil so that it holds more water and plants grow better. Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. Food scraps and kitchen waste also makes good compost, and you can save money on fertilizer.
Tread lightly. Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year.
Don’t be a drip – fix that leak! Leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water each year, like money down the drain. Repair or replace old or damaged fixtures. If you are not sure if you have a leak, check the water meter before and after a two hour period when water is not being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you may have a leak.