“The simplest definition of green living is making choices based on what’s right for the environment” explains Chris Ward, Education director at the Cleveland County Conservation District.
Raising a sustainable family is achievable even if you don’t have green fingers. If you think your family can’t make a difference in the grand scheme of things then you’re wrong. Every family can have a huge impact with a few simple lifestyle changes.
Top tips to save money and become more energy efficient at home.
- Use less water -Toilets account for 30% of all indoor water use; consider installing a low flow toilet and reducing the amount of times you flush. When washing your car always use a bucket and sponge and never a hose.
- Grow your own – teaching children to plant and harvest their own food is not only educational but fun too and makes them feel as though they are part of providing for their family.
- Reduce waste – pay as many bills as you can online to reduce paper and purchase more reusable options of household goods such as plates and napkins instead of buying paper versions.
- Aim for less plastic packing – Buying staple foods such as cereals, rice and beans from bulk bins saves purchasing un-recyclable plastics and containers. Always opt to purchase products in glass jars where possible or check that the plastic packaging can be recycled.
- Create your own cleaning products – many natural cleaning products can be made from basic household staples such as lemons, baking soda and vinegar. Natural furniture polish can be created with olive oil and lemon juice.