Some disposability is a fact of modern life, but take a minute to think about all the products you throw away each day. Would it be possible to replace a few of them with sustainable alternatives? For instance, could you start using fabric napkins and reusable fabric bags?
Look for fabric products made from a renewable resource, such as bamboo, and keep a few fabric bags with you at all times. A SAKitToMe bag, for example, folds up into a tiny pouch that you can keep on your keychain. You're practically guaranteed to always have it with you!
It's pretty easy to take hot water for granted when all you have to do is turn on the tap, but having hot water on demand requires a lot of energy. In fact, by switching to coldwater washing and using Tide Coldwater you could save up to 80% of energy in every load and get a brilliant clean. **Based on conversion from warm/cold to cold/cold cycles for all loads in a traditional top-loading washing machine with an electric water heater.
You don't need to labor outside in a stinky compost pile to reduce waste and create some killer mulch. Indoor compost bins make composting a breeze; simply scrape your organic kitchen waste, like vegetables, meats, coffee grounds and eggshells, into the bin instead of throwing them away. The bin takes care of the rest. And, every two weeks, you'll reap the rewards with a new batch of excellent compost you can use outside on your lawn. We like the ULTRA model offered by NatureMill because of its large capacity and sleek design.
How many of your gadgets require batteries? You have remote controls, kids' toys, battery-powered appliances, smoke alarms and more. Constantly replacing batteries is a pain. Choose the more sustainable solution by switching to rechargeable batteries -- for example, switch out alkaline batteries for Duracell Rechargeable StayCharged -- they will charge hundreds of times, enabling you to save hundreds of dollars when used in high-drain devices.
While you know you should turn the heater or AC off during the day, it's easy to forget when you're rushing out the door. Investing in a programmable thermostat, like the Honeywell 7-Day Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat, can help you save energy and money without a second's thought. Simply program the thermostat to adjust your home's temperature automatically when you know you'll be away. Seven-day systems are especially effective because they allow you to account for varying night and weekend schedules.
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